NASCAR may have banned all private team testing, but there will still be plenty of test sessions this coming season.
In addition to a total of 14 Goodyear tire tests in 2015, teams will be able to take part in 13 one-day open tests. 12 of those open tests will take place following the Goodyear sessions.
The only Goodyear sessions that won’t have an open team test date afterwards are next month’s tire test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and a March 2-3 tire test at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
A full testing plan has been revealed in the 2015 NASCAR rule book. Per the Charlotte Observer, the testing schedule looks like this (keep in mind that tire tests usually involve four teams only):
Goodyear tire tests – Jan. 19, Las Vegas; March 2-3, Atlanta; March 10, Charlotte; Apr. 7, Richmond; Apr. 13-14, Kentucky; Apr. 27-28, Indianapolis; May 11-12, Dover; June 9-10, Darlington; July 13-14, Chicagoland; July 28-29, Bristol; Aug. 24-25, Homestead; Sept. 14-15, Kansas; Oct. 12-13, Phoenix; Oct. 27-28, Fontana.
Open team tests – Feb. 26, Atlanta; March 11, Charlotte; Apr. 8, Richmond; Apr. 15, Kentucky; Apr. 29, Indianapolis; May 13, Dover; June 11, Darlington; July 15, Chicagoland; July 30, Bristol; Aug. 26, Homestead; Sept. 16, Kansas; Oct. 14, Phoenix; Oct. 29, Fontana.
The open team test on Feb. 26 at Atlanta will effectively start the NASCAR weekend there a day early. Atlanta will host the first Sprint Cup race following the season-opening Daytona 500.
Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News also notes that all organizations will be allowed one driver each at the open team tests; if that driver is working a Goodyear test, he or she has to work the organization’s open team test as well.