Cup Series Teams Set for First Test of 2017

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With the 2017 season approaching, four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams are set to take part in the first official on-track action of the year.

Four Cup Series team will take part in a two-day Goodyear tire test this week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with two representatives from Chevrolet, and one each from Ford and Toyota.

The drivers and teams participating are:

  • Chase Elliott (Hendrick Motorsports)
  • Joey Logano (Team Penske)
  • Matt Kenseth (Joe Gibbs Racing)
  • Jamie McMurray (Chip Ganassi Racing)

The session will mark the first official test for Toyota’s new 2018 Camry, which was unveiled Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich. Kenseth will field the lone Camry in the event, a face he tweeted about on Monday afternoon.

The tweet reads: “Exciting unveil of the 2018 #camry today. I’m looking forward to be the first one to drive the race version tomorrow! @ToyotaRacing”

The test, held ahead of the track’s upcoming Kobalt 400 weekend on March 10-12, will serve as the first of seven scheduled two-day Goodyear tire tests on the year.

Additional tests have been scheduled at the following locations:

  • Michigan International Speedway (April 4-5)
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway (April 25-26)
  • Kentucky Speedway (May 9-10)
  • Eldora Speedway (May 15-16)*
  • Chicagoland Speedway (June 6-7)
  • Atlanta Motor Speedway (Aug. 8-9)
* Test for the Camping World Truck Series only.

The 2017 NASCAR season will begin on Feb. 18, when the MENCS field takes the green flag for The Clash, a non-points exhibition. The first points event –The Daytona 500– is set for the following weekend on Feb. 26.

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