The champagne glasses have been toasted. Many a blackeyed peas have likely been consumed. Yes, the year 2010 has arrived.

And the arrival of a new year means that racing is closer to cranking back up at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

After a holiday break, we're back at work at the AMS offices. It's hard to believe, but in just over two months, NASCAR's biggest names will be in town for the Kobalt Tools 500 weekend March 5-7, a weekend that will hit its climax with the Kobalt Tools 500.

Indeed, we're getting ready for the race weekend here at AMS and look forward to seeing some old and new faces here in March. We can't wait!

But it's not just the approaching race weekend that has things moving ahead. On Jan. 12-13, the rumble of stock car engines will rattle the vacant grandstands and cause the windows at our offices overlooking the track to shake when four drivers will be at AMS for a Goodyear tire test. The tire test is closed to the public.

Scheduled to be here are Martin Truex Jr., Sam Hornish Jr., last year's Sprint Cup Series runner-up Mark Martin and three-time Atlanta Cup winner Carl Edwards.

The test will give each driver, one representing each manufacturer competing in the Cup series, valuable information about how Goodyear's tires react to the quick 1.54-mile racing surface at AMS.

Be sure to keep an eye on Atlantamotorspeedway.com as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates during the tire test and as race weekend gets closer.