2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season gets underway at Charlotte

Brad Keselowski drives the #2 Miller Lite Ford during testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on December 11, 2012 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Brad Keselowski drives the #2 Miller Lite Ford during testing at Charlotte Motor Speedway on December 11, 2012 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

One of the longest seasons in professional sports continued Tuesday as several NASCAR Sprint Cup teams took to the 1.5 mile Charlotte Motor Speedway. Teams spent the first of two days testing NASCAR’s next generation of racecar, dubbed ‘Generation 6’ that will debut in 2013.

The test comes only days after the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion was officially crowned and was led by that champion Brad Keselowski. Keselowski tested the Ford he will defend his title with starting with the season opening Daytona 500 in February. The Penske Racing team abandoned the Dodge brand in favor of the Fords for 2013. Dodge meanwhile will not be part of the series in 2012.

Tuesday Keselowski was one of the first drivers to hit the track.

“It’s hard to get a great read on the whole manufacturer change because, obviously, it’s a different car,” he said. “But I think all the signs are there that we have the potential to be just as strong, if not stronger, than we were last year, which is very, very encouraging. We still have to work for it and make it happen, but the signs are there.” MORE>>>

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