NASCAR turns new cars loose at Talladega

Cars race during testing at Talladega Superspeedway on October 3, 2012 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Cars race during testing at Talladega Superspeedway on October 3, 2012 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

NASCAR’s next generation Sprint Cup cars took to the highbanks of Talladega Superspeedway for the first time Wednesday.

Seven teams brought the redesigned cars that will make their fulltime debut next February at Daytona International Speedway. The new cars are meant to more closely resemble their showroom models and give greater brand identity for the series’ manufacturers.

The automakers include Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota. Dodge will discontinue its support of the Sprint Cup Series after this season. The new cars were tested earlier this year at Martinsville, the shortest track on the circuit. Wednesday’s test was the first time the cars had turned laps at NASCAR’s biggest track. Drivers and NASCAR officials alike seemed pleased with the results.  MORE>>>

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