Sep 23, 2014 6:52 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - NASCAR will ban all private testing in 2015, including the annual Daytona 500 test, according to the rules package released to teams Tuesday.
The only testing allowed next season will be sessions conducted by NASCAR or Goodyear. The penalty for teams caught testing on their own will be a P6 - the highest penalty on NASCAR's new punishment scale, and that carries a loss of 150 points, a minimum $150,000 fine and a six-week suspension for the crew chief and other crew members.
The qualifying formats will be tweaked everywhere, including the season-opening Daytona 500. The front row will now be set through group qualifying instead of single-car runs.
NASCAR is also reducing engine horsepower from 850 to 725, and cutting the rear spoiler to 6-inches.