NASCAR also announced that group qualifying will be used for the first time in determining the front row for the Daytona 500.
Daytona Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) -
NASCAR announced on Tuesday major changes to the rules package for Sprint Cup Series teams in 2015, including a ban on private team testing and reduction of horsepower.
NASCAR is eliminating team-facilitated private testing for next year; however, teams will be invited to participate in NASCAR/Goodyear tire tests. The sanctioning body also noted that January testing at Daytona International Speedway prior to the Daytona 500 -- known as "Preseason Thunder" -- will not take place next year.
Among the biggest rule modifications for the Sprint Cup race package next season is reduction of horsepower from 850 to 725 through a tapered spacer, an engine part used in the Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series.
Team Penske chasing another title
By Chris Symeon, Motorsports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
What a year its been for Team Penske in NASCAR and the IndyCar Series.
Last month, Will Power claimed his maiden IndyCar championship and gave Penske its first title in that series since 2006. His teammate, Helio Castroneves, finished second in the point standings. Castroneves also came up 0.06 seconds short of winning the Indianapolis 500 for a record-tying fourth time.
With the IndyCar season concluded, Team Penske is now aiming for its second championship in NASCAR's premier series in three years. Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano have punched their tickets to the next round in the 2014 Chase for the Sprint Cup title -- the "Contender Round." Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup champion, won the Chase opener last week at Chicagoland, and Logano scored the victory on Sunday at New Hampshire. Both drivers currently sit 1-2 in the point standings, with only one point separating them.