Dale Earnhardt Jr. shakes off the rust at Charlotte NASCAR test

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one of four drivers testing at Charlotte this week. (Photo: Charlotte Motor Speedway)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one of four drivers testing at Charlotte this week. (Photo: Charlotte Motor Speedway)

The NASCAR Sprint Cup season is barely over but four drivers are already working on the 2015 season. Goodyear conducted a tire test this week at Charlotte Motor Speedway finishing up Wednesday. With NASCAR’s new rules limiting testing opportunities this week’s opportunity was important for at least two of the drivers and teams who took part. The test was closed to the media buy Goodyear did provide a press release with quotes from Carl Edwards and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Both drivers have undergone changes in preparation for the 2015 season and this week’s test was a chance to get used to those changes.

Edwards joined Joe Gibbs Racing following the 2014 season. He said that while it’s hard to get good data for next season, the test is a good chance for his new team to get some practice under their belts. Edwards is not only getting used to a new team after leaving the Roush-Fenway Racing, the only team he’s ever raced for In NASCAR’s top touring series, but a new crew chief as well.

“Conditions are really cool. There’s not a lot of rubber on the racetrack. We’re basically in the lower downforce 2016 trim,” Edwards said of the conditions and setup for this week’s test. “The biggest thing this test is helping me out with is to get used to this car, the new seat, (crew chief) Darian (Grubb) and the guys and how they do things here. It’s been very good for me from that perspective.” MORE>>>

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