SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES
Race fans can now buy tickets for the annual Preseason Thunder Fan Fest at Daytona International Speedway.
The stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will take to the 2.5-mile tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway for three days of testing on Thursday, Jan. 10, through Saturday, Jan. 12, in advance of the 55th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24.
The test sessions mark the first time the new 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars will turn laps on the Speedway’s 2.5-mile tri-oval. Dubbed “G6,” the new-look sixth generation cars will conduct test sessions between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day, weather permitting.
The Preseason Thunder Fan Fest is scheduled on Thursday night, Jan. 10, and will include autograph sessions, driver fan forums, show cars and displays, music and a photo opportunity with the 2013 Harley J. Earl Daytona 500 trophy.
Tickets are $20 on Thursday and $10 for Friday and Saturday. Children 12 and under will receive free admission.
Lots of stars
Among the drivers scheduled to appear on Jan. 10 during the 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. session are Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Jamie McMurray, Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr., Jeff Burton, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kurt Busch and Mark Martin.
In the 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. session, drivers appearing include 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, 2012 Daytona 500 champion Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman, Danica Patrick, Aric Almirola, Carl Edwards, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Clint Bowyer, Marcos Ambrose, Joey Logano, David Ragan, David Gilliland, Paul Menard, Kyle Busch, Bobby Labonte and Casey Mears.
NASCAR tickets are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 800-748-7467.