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NASCAR Teams Test 2013 Sprint Cup Cars

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Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, and Jeff Burton, driver of the #31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, race out of turn four during testing at Talladega Superspeedway on October 3, 2012 in Talladega, Alabama. (credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

LINCOLN, Ala. (CBS SPORTS) - Redesigned race cars that will debut next season in the 55th running of the Daytona 500 got their first taste of restrictor-plate racing Wednesday as seven teams put the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car through its paces at Talladega Superspeedway.

Teams tested the 2013 model, which will highlight greater brand identity for the series’ manufacturers, searching for data on aerodynamics, cooling and drivability. The new-look cars turned competitive laps while drafting and in single-car runs.

NASCAR officials, who also analyzed engine restrictor plates and drafting performance, were pleased with the early results. “With a different car, we’ll look at what it’s going to take for [restrictor] plate size and some other things, but the main concern is how the cars draft, how they react in the draft, and obviously to get more one-on-one racing,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. “All of the input that we have from the drivers and the teams so far has been pretty good.”

The new car design will kick off the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season on February 24 at Daytona International Speedway with the Daytona 500, stock-car racing’s premier event.

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