And the Thunder rolls: NASCAR Preseason Testing Underway at Daytona

Jared C. Tilton

The road to the Daytona 500 begins right now.

The brief NASCAR offseason ends today as most Sprint Cup Series teams will take part in a three-day drafting test session at Daytona International Speedway.

Teams will test from 9 a.m.-Noon and 1p.m-5 p.m. EST all day and several drivers and NASCAR officials will be made available to the media throughout the event.

Among those scheduled to speak on Thursday are Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart, Brad Keselowsk, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon and NASCAR officials John Darby and Robin Premberton. Saturday will see Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle share their preseason thoughts for the first time since the turn of the calendar.

NASCAR is offering streaming coverage of the morning sessions on with the afternoon sessions airing on SPEED each day, starting at 1 p.m. The press conferences will also be available online.

Stay tuned for multiple updates throughout the next few days as drivers share their thoughts on the upcoming season.

Here's a complete list of teams taking part in this week's test session:

Car # Team Name Driver
1 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Jamie McMurray
2 Penske Racing Brad Keselowski
5 Hendrick Motorsports Kasey Kahne
9 Richard Petty Motorsports Marcos Ambrose
10 Stewart Haas Racing Danica Patrick
11 Joe Gibbs Racing Denny Hamlin
13 Germain Racing Casey Mears
14 Stewart Haas Racing Tony Stewart
15 Michael Waltrip Racing Clint Bowyer
16 Roush Fenway Racing Greg Biffle
17 Roush Fenway Racing Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
18 Joe Gibbs Racing Kyle Busch
20 Joe Gibbs Racing Matt Kenseth
21 Wood Bros Racing Trevor Bayne
22 Penske Racing Joey Logano
24 Hendrick Motorsports Jeff Gordon
27 Richard Childress Racing Paul Menard
29 Richard Childress Racing Kevin Harvick
31 Richard Childress Racing Jeff Burton
33 Circle Sport / Joe Falk Austin Dillon
36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Dave Blaney
38 Front Row Motorsports Josh Wise
39 Stewart Haas Racing Ryan Newman
42 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Juan Pablo Montoya
43 Richard Petty Motorsports Aric Almirola
47 JTG-Daugherty Racing Bobby Labonte
48 Hendrick Motorsports Jimmie Johnson
51 Phoenix Racing Regan Smith
55 Michael Waltrip Racing Mark Martin
56 Michael Waltrip Racing Martin Truex
78 Furniture Row Racing Kurt Busch
83 BK Racing Travis Kvapil/David Reutimann
88 Hendrick Motorsports Dale Earnhardt Jr.
95 Leavine Family Racing Scott Speed
99 Roush Fenway Racing Carl Edwards
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