Posted: 10:27 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013
By Jordan Bianchi
The road to the Daytona 500 begins right now.
The brief NASCAR offseason ends today as most Sprint Cup Series teams will take part in a three-day drafting test session at Daytona International Speedway.
Teams will test from 9 a.m.-Noon and 1p.m-5 p.m. EST all day and several drivers and NASCAR officials will be made available to the media throughout the event.
Among those scheduled to speak on Thursday are Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart, Brad Keselowsk, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon and NASCAR officials John Darby and Robin Premberton. Saturday will see Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle share their preseason thoughts for the first time since the turn of the calendar.
NASCAR is offering streaming coverage of the morning sessions on SPEEDTV.com with the afternoon sessions airing on SPEED each day, starting at 1 p.m. The press conferences will also be available online.
Stay tuned for multiple updates throughout the next few days as drivers share their thoughts on the upcoming season.
Here's a complete list of teams taking part in this week's test session:
|Car #||Team Name||Driver|
|1||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Jamie McMurray|
|2||Penske Racing||Brad Keselowski|
|5||Hendrick Motorsports||Kasey Kahne|
|9||Richard Petty Motorsports||Marcos Ambrose|
|10||Stewart Haas Racing||Danica Patrick|
|11||Joe Gibbs Racing||Denny Hamlin|
|13||Germain Racing||Casey Mears|
|14||Stewart Haas Racing||Tony Stewart|
|15||Michael Waltrip Racing||Clint Bowyer|
|16||Roush Fenway Racing||Greg Biffle|
|17||Roush Fenway Racing||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
|18||Joe Gibbs Racing||Kyle Busch|
|20||Joe Gibbs Racing||Matt Kenseth|
|21||Wood Bros Racing||Trevor Bayne|
|22||Penske Racing||Joey Logano|
|24||Hendrick Motorsports||Jeff Gordon|
|27||Richard Childress Racing||Paul Menard|
|29||Richard Childress Racing||Kevin Harvick|
|31||Richard Childress Racing||Jeff Burton|
|33||Circle Sport / Joe Falk||Austin Dillon|
|36||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Dave Blaney|
|38||Front Row Motorsports||Josh Wise|
|39||Stewart Haas Racing||Ryan Newman|
|42||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Juan Pablo Montoya|
|43||Richard Petty Motorsports||Aric Almirola|
|47||JTG-Daugherty Racing||Bobby Labonte|
|48||Hendrick Motorsports||Jimmie Johnson|
|51||Phoenix Racing||Regan Smith|
|55||Michael Waltrip Racing||Mark Martin|
|56||Michael Waltrip Racing||Martin Truex|
|78||Furniture Row Racing||Kurt Busch|
|83||BK Racing||Travis Kvapil/David Reutimann|
|88||Hendrick Motorsports||Dale Earnhardt Jr.|
|95||Leavine Family Racing||Scott Speed|
|99||Roush Fenway Racing||Carl Edwards|