So, as a fan what did we find out? Who the heck knows? Some guys were fast, some guys were slow and then they would flip the other way. It was all about 'testing.' Trying things, everything you can imagine. Did you see all the engineers with their computers? You would have thought it was a Formula One test.
NASCAR has nailed it with the new Gen 6 car. It looks great, and from all accounts it seems to drive just fine. Even to the point of requiring a bit of driver input to go fast. A Ford looks like a Ford, a Chevy a Toyota look like the real deal. Great move by NASCAR.
To me, it seemed that the lead teams were throwing everything they could on the car to see what it would like or not like. Data data, data, that is what it was all about. The engineers will take that info home and the crews will do the final tweaks to the cars.
Some teams concentrated solely on qualifying because of the new rules (no top 35 freebies). One of those was certainly the #10, GoDaddy car of Danica Patrick. No free ride this year, you have to qualify. I'm sure she will at Daytona (other tracks?). However, if by chance she doesn't, GoDaddy and Stewart/Haas will buy-out a qualified car. There is no way NASCAR'S media hound won't make the race. It would be like Dale Jr. not cutting it.
For me, I hope Scott Speed makes the cut and has a solid race - I like the guy a bunch. I'm all in for Trevor Bayne, God bless him. And, how cool would it be if Paul Mendard came out on top?
Not sure how competitive Mikey will be in his 'buy-a-ride' we'll have to wait and see.
I'm ready. Bring on the 2013 season. And not just NASCAR, bring it all on.