When NASCAR announced in September it was banning all private team testing, the perception was teams would not likely see the opportunity to do much on-track testing.
NASCAR at the time said it hoped to incorporate more teams into the 12 to 15 tire tests done each season by Goodyear but that plan seemed to hit logistical roadblocks in recent months.
The finished product, outlined in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rulebook, actually provides teams many opportunities to test on series tracks in the coming season.
At Atlanta, an extra testing day has been added to the regular weekend schedule. In addition, an extra day of open testing as been added to Goodyear tire tests at Charlotte; Richmond; Kentucky; Indianapolis; Dover, Del.; Darlington, S.C.; Chicagoland; Bristol; Homestead, Fla.; Kansas; Phoenix; and Fontana, Calif.
Proposed 2015 NASCAR testing dates for Sprint Cup Series
Date Type of test
Jan. 19 Goodyear tire test, Las Vegas
Feb. 26 Open team test, Atlanta
March 2-3 Goodyear tire test, Atlanta
March 10 Goodyear tire test, Charlotte
March 11 Open team test, Charlotte
April 7 Goodyear tire test, Richmond
April 8 Open team test, Richmond
April 13-14 Goodyear tire test, Kentucky
April 15 Open team test, Kentucky
April 27-28 Goodyear tire test, Indianapolis
April 29 Open team test, Indianapolis
May 11-12 Goodyear tire test, Dover
May 13 Open team test, Dover
June 9-10 Goodyear tire test, Darlington
June 11 Open team test, Darlington
July 13-14 Goodyear tire test, Chicagoland
July 15 Open team test, Chicagoland
July 28-29 Goodyear tire test, Bristol
July 30 Open team test, Bristol
Aug. 24-25 Goodyear tire test, Homestead
Aug. 26 Open team test, Homestead
Sept. 14-15 Goodyear tire test, Kansas
Sept. 16 Open team test, Kansas
Oct. 12-13 Goodyear tire test, Phoenix
Oct. 14 Open team test, Phoenix
Oct. 27-28 Goodyear tire test, Fontana
Oct. 29 Open team test, Fontana
Note: All Goodyear tire tests typically involve four teams.