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  • Goodyear Tire Tests for the 2012 season:
    Texas, 2/7-8: #11-Hamlin (Toyota); #16-Biffle (Ford); 14-Stewart-(Chevy); #15-Bowyer (Toyota); #31-Burton
    Michigan, 4/3-4: #2-Keselowski (Dodge); #17-Kesneth (Ford); #24-Gordon (Chevy); #42-Montoya (Chevy)
    Pocono, 4/24-25: #1-McMurray (Chevy); #5-Kahne (Chevy); #20-Logano (Toyota); #22-Allmendinger (Dodge); #43-Almirola (Ford).
    Dover, 4/17-18: #9-Ambrose (Ford), #22-Allmendinger (Dodge), #29-Harvick (Chevy), #36-Blaney (Chevy), #39-Newman (Chevy), #51-Busch (Chevy) and #56-Truex Jr.(Toyota)
    New Hampshire, 5/8-9: #27-Menard (Chevy); #47-Labonte (Toyota); #78-Smith (Chevy); #88-Earnhardt Jr. (Chevy); #99-Edwards (Ford)
    Bristol: 6/12-13: #14-Stewart (Chevy); #31-Burton (Chevy); #15-Bowyer (Toyota)
    Michigan, 7/30 [rain 7/31]: 28 drivers
    Kansas: 8/28-29: #2-Keselowski, #9-Ambrose, #17-Kenseth, #20-Logano, #27-Menard, #42-Montoya, #55-Martin, #78-Smith & #88-Earnhardt Jr.
    Texas: 10/9-10: #18-Busch, #16-Biffle, #42-Montoya and #27-Menard
    Phoenix: 10/23-24: #2-Keselowski, #14-Stewart, #11-Hamlin, #99-Edwards, #78-Busch, #1-McMurray, #27-Menard, Brendan Gaughan

  • Speeds up at Darlington tire test: #99-Carl Edwards and several other Sprint Cup stars gave the new, faster Gen-6 race car a thumbs-up after a Goodyear tire test Tuesday at Darlington Raceway. Edwards said the digital speedometer on his Ford Fusion hit 193 mph right before entering turn three, a typically unheard of speed at the ultra-tricky track. "Each time down, you want to watch and see what you're doing," he said. "But the fastest point is the point where the track needs your attention and your eyes are not supposed to be on that monitor. I saw 193 or something, but I can't look at it any longer before I have to look into the corner." #11-Denny Hamlin, #56-Martin Truex Jr., #27-Paul Menard and #42-Juan Pablo Montoya were also at Darlington for the daylong session. NASCAR teams have previously tested the car at Daytona International Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. Edwards found the new machine to be faster and racers should expect better handling and tighter racing when the circuit returns to NASCAR's oldest superspeedway for the Southern 500 on May 11. A few laps around the track "Too Tough To Tame" in the new car and Truex was confident someone would shatter Darlington's record qualifying speed of 181.254 mph set by Kasey Kahne at the 2011 race.(Associated Press)(2-6-2013)

  • Keselowski pleased with 2013 cars: Having heard about some of the aerodynamic difficulties drivers encountered in early tests of the new 2013 Sprint Cup race cars on intermediate speedways, #2-Brad Keselowski was intrigued by the prospect of testing the car himself. The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup leader was so intrigued, in fact, that he was willing to take a break from intense preparation for the final four Cup races to drive the 2013 Ford Fusion instead of his customary #2 Dodge. He had his chance on Tuesday and Wednesday in a combination new car/Goodyear tire test at Phoenix, the first test of NASCAR's 2013 models on a one-mile flat track. Keselowski, who will drive Fords next year when Penske Racing makes a manufacturer switch, liked what he saw and felt in the new car. "I thought it was a great test," Keselowski told the NASCAR Wire Service. "I had heard rumors that things weren't going so well with that car, so it felt good to kind of just do it on my own and see what was really going on. I thought the test went really well. The cars seemed to have a lot of drivability, and it's easy to work backwards from there, because certainly we have to balance that, if we make the cars too easy to drive then that's not going to be great, but they also have to be drivable. And you'd rather start with drivable and work backwards than the alternative.(NASCAR Wire Service)(10-28-2012)

  • Tire test at Phoenix: UPDATES: Goodyear will conduct a tire test Wednesday at Phoenix International Raceway. Teams participating include #1-McMurray (Chevy) and #2-Keselowski (Dodge).(NASCAR)(10-23-2012)
    UPDATE: The testing will be Tuesday and Wendesday. Additional teams include: #11-Hamlin (Toyota), #14-Stewart (Chevy), #27-Menard (Chevy), #78-Busch (Chevy), #99-Edwards (Ford).(10-23-2012)
    UPDATE 2: As the 2012 season winds down, the on-track debut of the new 2013 car at Daytona in February looms large. And to that end, major collaborative efforts between NASCAR and its teams highlighted the Goodyear test for the redesigned race car at Phoenix International Raceway. Over the last two days, another bullet was marked off the checklist in preparation for the much-anticipated event as #2-Brad Keselowski, #14-Tony Stewart, #11-Denny Hamlin, #99-Carl Edwards, #78-Kurt Busch, #1-Jamie McMurray, #27-Paul Menard and Brendan Gaughan [in a Childress car] participated in a Goodyear tire test for the next-generation cars at Phoenix International Raceway. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition said information gleaned from drivers has helped hasten the evolution of the 2013 car. "When you have events that are like this - that are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday - your relationships are won," Pemberton said. "Everyone is working on a test plan and everybody basically pulls on the same end of the rope. And so, people have a tendency to drop their guard and talk more openly about the car and the testing and the results of the things that they are testing. We have great relationships with all of our teams and all of our drivers for the most part." The next test for Goodyear and the 2013 cars is scheduled for Nov. 6-7 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.(NASCAR)(10-25-2012)

  • Tire testing at Texas: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is scheduled to have a Goodyear Tire Test at Texas Motor Speedway on Tuesday October 9th, 2012. This event will be FREE and open to the public. Drivers scheduled to test; #16-Greg Biffle, #18-Kyle Busch, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya & #27-Paul Menard. Gate 4 will be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, coolers are allowed (no glass or alcohol)(TMS), all the other activities announced last week have been canceled.(10-9-2012)

  • Goodyear Quote on tire test at Kansas Speedway: Greg Stucker: Goodyear's Director of Race Tires: "After two days of testing at Kansas, we saw what was expected of a newly repaved track -- smooth, black asphalt and a considerable amount of grip. It took about a half-day of running with the nine cars involved in the test, but the track took rubber nicely and a narrow groove developed. We expect that groove to widen out during the race weekend. The recently-raced Michigan tire package was our 'control' for the test, with several other options in that compound range evaluated. That proved to be the correct choice based upon tire temperatures, wear and driver comments, and I'd say it is currently the leading candidate for our Kansas race tire."
    Nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams participated in the test, held Tuesday and Wednesday at the newly repaved Kansas Speedway. The teams and drivers were the #2 Penske Racing Dodge with Brad Keselowski, #9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Marcos Ambrose, #17 Roush-Fenway Racing Ford with Matt Kenseth, #20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Joey Logano, #27 Richard Childress Racing Chevy with Paul Menard, #42 Chip Ganassi Racing Toyota with Juan Pablo Montoya, #55 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Mark Martin, #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevy with Regan Smith and #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy with Dale Earnhardt Jr. NASCAR will return to Kansas for its race weekend with the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series cars on October 19-21.(Goodyear)(8-30-2012)

  • Earnhardt Jr. wrecks in Kansas testing, is OK: #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., was treated and released from the Infield Care Center at Kansas Speedway this morning [Wednesday, August 29], after a hard crash during the second day of a scheduled Goodyear tire test at the speedway. Earnhardt's Hendrick Motorsports Chevy reportedly suffered a right-front tire failure and made heavy contact with the outside wall. The car was severely damaged, but Earnhardt walked from the Infield Care Center under his own power. He is one of eight drivers testing on the newly repaved 1.5-mile tri-oval today, as Goodyear researches a new tire compound for use at the speedway. In addition to replacing the track's aging asphalt, crews reworked its 15-degree banking to new, variable degree banking ranging from 17-20 degrees.(Godfather Motorsports)(8-29-2012)

  • Kansas Speedway Tire Test update: Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams took to the newly reconfigured Kansas Speedway today and the reviews are in - and they have been pretty positive as teams navigate the variable banking for the first time. "I think they did a really nice job repaving," said Matt Kenseth. "Drivers aren't huge fans of repaves, especially being the first ones on the track, by this afternoon the cars were more comfortable on the track. I think the repave is awesome." Regan Smith agreed. "We've seen quite a few of these this year already. They did a pretty good job with this one."
    For Dale Earnhardt Jr., the day was about getting some time on the track. "It's nice to get out on the track. It's nice to see the track. I like this place," said Earnhardt, Jr. "The banking will add speed to the race track and one and two definitely have more banking. This should be a fast little race track."
    Kenseth, who holds the track record of 180.856 mph set back in 2005, expects a new track record this fall. "We're already running, the last lap was 30.30 or something," said Kenseth. "You know it's going to be faster when everybody runs in qualifying runs. I expect it to be the high 28s in a qualifying run."
    The Goodyear Tire Test resumes tomorrow at 9:00am/et and is open and free to the public. Fans are asked to enter at Michigan Dr. off of Speedway Blvd. Due to another event setting up at Kansas Speedway, fans will only be able to enter at Gate D (closest to Turn 1) and sit in sections 169 and 171. Parking will be available in lots 5 and 6. Parking lots and gates will open at 8:30 AM. Sprint FanWalk will not be open. Restroom facilities will be open. Concessions will not be available, however fans are permitted to bring in a 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.
    Tickets for the Oct. 21 Hollywood Casino 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Oct. 20 Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Oct. 19 Kansas Lottery 98.9 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race are on sale now by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or visiting Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.(Kansas Speedway)(8-29-2012)

  • Goodyear tire testing at Kansas August 28-29: Final preparations of the Kansas Speedway oval are being done ahead of next week's Goodyear tire test on Aug. 28-29. Drivers scheduled to participate are #2-Brad Keselowski, #9-Marcos Ambrose, #17-Matt Kenseth, #20-Joey Logano, #27-Paul Menard, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, #55-Mark Martin, #78-Regan Smith and #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. Testing dates, track schedule and drivers/teams are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.
    The test is scheduled to run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day and will be open to the public and free of charge. Fans are asked to enter at Michigan Dr. off of Speedway Blvd. Due to another event setting up at Kansas Speedway, fans will only be able to enter at Gate D (closest to Turn 1) and sit in sections 169 and 171. Parking will be available in lots 5 and 6. Parking lots and gates will open at 8:30 AM. Sprint FanWalk will not be open during the test days.(Kansas Speedway)(8-22-2012)

  • Goodyear tire test at Kansas Aug. 28-29: Kansas Speedway's track reconfiguration project is nearing completion and Sprint Cup Series teams are coming back to Kansas Speedway on Aug. 28-29 for their first look at the newly reconfigured track as they return for a Goodyear tire test. The test will run from 9:00am - 5:00 pm each day and will be open to the public and free of charge. Fans are asked to enter at Michigan Dr. off of Speedway Blvd. Due to another event setting up at Kansas Speedway, fans will only be able to enter at Gate D (closest to Turn 1) and sit in sections 169 and 171. Parking will be available in lots 5 and 6. Parking lots and gates will open at 8:30 AM. Sprint FanWalk will not be open during the test days. Restroom facilities will be open during the test. Concessions will not be available during the test days, however fans will be permitted to bring in a 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and Coca-Cola products. This summer, crews have been adding variable banking to Kansas Speedway, changing the banking from the old 15 degrees to banking that is between 17 and 20 degrees in the turns. The banking on the frontstretch has also changed slightly, decreasing to 10 degrees (formerly 10.4 degrees), while the banking on the backstretch has increased slightly to 5.5 degrees (formerly five degrees). Crews also added an infield road course to Kansas Speedway. Testing dates, track schedule and drivers/teams are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.(Kansas Speedway)(7-31-2012)

  • Goodyear confirms new tire combination for Michigan: A tire test at Michigan International Speedway saw fast speeds and happy drivers. The daylong tire test allowed teams and Goodyear to check out the new tires the teams will race when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Camping World Truck Series return in a few weeks. Goodyear has selected a new combination for the two-mile racetrack - a combination of the original tires from the April test and a slightly softer version of the harder tire used during the June race. Though top speeds were not official, some drivers went about 210 mph on Monday, but only averaged about 195 mph, a little slower than during the previous test in April and the June NASCAR event at the track. The last time drivers were at MIS, the tires were very hard, a last-minute change when some drivers experienced blistering on their tires during practice sessions. To avoid bringing back the same tires, Goodyear developed a new combination.
    "Back in June was our first race on this new pavement. We digested everything we saw over the weekend, in practice as well as what we had in the race," Greg Stucker, director of Racing Tire Sales for Goodyear, said. "We digested that and looked at all the data, poured over all the comments we got from the teams and drivers, made our recommendation for our package coming up in August. That is why we were here today for, just confirming that."
    Twenty-eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams and two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams participated in a daylong tire confirmation at Michigan International Speedway on Monday. Michigan International Speedway became NASCAR's fastest racetrack in June. Marcos Ambrose's speed of 203.241 mph for the Quicken Loans 400 was the 11th-fastest pole-winning speed in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history and the first time the pole winning speed was faster than 200 mph at a track other than Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway.
    But NASCAR driver #16-Greg Biffle thought the speeds, though slower, would lend themselves to exciting racing at NASCAR's fastest racetrack. "Since the speed is down just a tiny bit I think you will see that groove continue to widen out. I have even floored it down lower on the race track and the car has some turn in it down there. I think we are going to see some good racing," Biffle said. "We were all fearful that this tire would be really low on grip and the car would be hard to drive and it would chatter out from under us. That is certainly not the case."
    Michigan son #2-Brad Keselowski agreed. "Michigan is a lot different track with the repave, and we saw that here with the spring race. So we're all still just trying to get a grip on that, literally, and trying to figure it out," he said. "So Goodyear has us here to kind of reconfirm some things that we saw and hopefully improve the racing another notch here at Michigan International Speedway. So we're just trying to help out here as we can and also make our cars better at the same time. So it's a good process for all." All race tickets are on sale at or by phone at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(7-31-2012)

  • More than 20 teams expected for July 30 MIS tire test UPDATEs: Michigan International Speedway will be the center of NASCAR on Monday, July 30 when Goodyear holds a one-day tire test for all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. It is expected that more than 20 teams will take advantage of the extra time in their preparations for the Pure Michigan 400. "This test will help Goodyear select a tire that is more compatible with the fast Michigan racing surface, and improve an already competitive race weekend from start to finish," NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said, "Goodyear invited a majority of teams to Michigan, and we'll work together on all elements to put on the best show possible for our fans." The track will open the Turn 1 Grandstand from 9 am to 5 pm on July 30 for fans to watch the test free of charge. "This is a unique opportunity for fans to see the drivers again test the repaved racing surface," MIS President Roger Curtis said. "We expect to see numerous drivers and teams continue to prepare for the upcoming Pure Michigan 400. The test falls at a perfect time for our fans as they get a chance to see cars on track between our two races." Testing times, track schedule and drivers are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances. Fans are asked to park in Lot 10 off US 12 and enter the grandstands through Gate 17, just behind the water tower. The restroom facilities will be open and concession stands will be available. Fans are also allowed to bring in coolers that meet the MIS grandstand gate policies for any race weekend. All race tickets are on sale at or by phone at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(7-16-2012)
    UPDATE: Michigan International Speedway will host 28 teams on Monday, July 30 when Goodyear holds a one-day tire test for all NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams. The best drivers in NASCAR will once again descend on the Irish Hills to continue their preparations for the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, August 19. The star-studded list includes 28 drivers and teams who will take advantage of the added practice time. The track will open the Turn 1 Grandstand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 30 for fans to watch the test free of charge. Testing times, track schedule and drivers are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.(MIS)(7-23/30-2012)
    UPDATE2: Danica Patrick, who was testing team owner Tony Stewart's #14 Chevrolet Monday at Michigan International Speedway, crashed in the second turn early in the test session. Patrick was not injured. The car sustained right-front damage. Track observers said the car apparently had engine problems. The practice session was halted for cleanup.(SPEED) can also see some updates at MIS's Twitter.(7-30-2012)

  • Another Goodyear Tire test set for MIS: In response to blistering issues that prompted a Saturday switch to a harder left-side tire last weekend at Michigan, Goodyear has scheduled another tire test at the two-mile track for July 30, the Monday after the Crown Royal 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Because the timing -- namely, too tight a schedule to construct a new tire for the Aug. 19 Pure Michigan 400 -- the test will be a confirmation of the tires Goodyear expects to bring to Michigan for that race. "Because there isn't enough time to run a 'normal' tire test and then build a full complement of tires for the race in mid-August, we are planning to do a 'confirmation' test with a large number of teams at Michigan on July 30th," said Stu Grant, Goodyear's general manager for worldwide racing. "We anticipate 15 to 20 cars will participate in the test. We expect the August race set-up will be very close to what we saw last Sunday, so we have a good plan in place for the test." Goodyear is still making the final determination on which tires it will confirm during the test. The rain date is July 31.(NASCAR Wire Service)(6-23-2012)

  • Speeds slower but new tires require changes: Speeds from Saturday's practice slowed by five to six miles per hour with the new left-side tires NASCAR mandated for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway. NASCAR and Goodyear called for the change that left teams scrambling late Friday when tires began blistering because of excessive heat buildup from high speeds created by the newly-repaved track. Greg Biffle posted Saturday's top lap at 195.647 mph, down from the 199.093 mph he posted in race trim on Friday. In qualifying trim before the tire change, Biffle posted a fast lap of 204.708 mph. NASCAR made the move to avoid blowouts and another catastrophe such as the one at Indianapolis in 2008, when a competition caution was called every 12 laps because tires were blistering and blowing. The consensus after Saturday's practice, despite slower speeds and ill-handling cars, was the switch was necessary even though several top drivers had no issues with blistering on Friday.
    But the swap did pose problems for crew chiefs and engineers scrambling to figure out setups and adjustments for the new tire. Most teams were limited with the number of laps they could put on their engines because they were near the maximum for a weekend. Fourteen drivers ran less than 25 laps. The new tire, a much harder compound, was used at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2006 and 2007 after a repave. As expected, it gave drivers less grip and made the cars harder to handle. The new tires arrived at Michigan shortly after noon on Saturday after being delivered from North Carolina. There wasn't enough time physically to get them here in time for an earlier test, so tires used the past two days during a test and practice were used for qualifying.(see full post and many quotes at

  • Extra Saturday practice for the Quicken Loans 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway is over, after 75 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and some notes:
    #16-Biffle 195.647 mph [7-8 miles slower then happy hour]
    #48-Johnson 194.295
    #99-Edwards 194.138
    #5-Kahne 194.070
    #1-McMurray 193.159
    pole sitter #9-Ambrose was 11th 192.781 [won pole at 203-241]
    slowest: #19-Bliss 184.247 & #26-Wise 186.355
    no speed listed for #10-Raines and #32-Schrader
    no 200mph speeds with the different left side tires.
    See top speeds, laps run, best 10-lap average on the Michigan 'Extra' Practice Speeds page (pdf).(6-16-2012)

  • Goodyear to change left-side recommendation at Michigan: Based on the higher than expected speeds NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams ran in pre-race practice on the newly repaved Michigan International Speedway, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has decided to change its left-side tire recommendation for Sunday's race. In the final Sprint Cup practice on Friday afternoon, #16-Greg Biffle ran an average speed in excess of 204 mph for his fastest lap. For comparison's sake, when Goodyear tested at Michigan in preparation for this race on April 3-4, the fastest average lap speed topped out in the 198-mph range. The higher speeds caused significantly higher left-side tire temperatures, which caused Goodyear to take this step.
    The tire code that teams will now run (D-4020) features a tougher tread compound, a different construction and different mold shape than the tire teams ran in practice. The replacement tire was run at Charlotte Motor Speedway after that track was repaved at the end of the 2005 season. This code was run at both races at Charlotte in both 2006 and 2007. When Goodyear decided to bring a new tire to Charlotte for the 2008 season, a quantity of this code was built as part of the back-up plan that Goodyear has in place for every race track on the circuit. Since this tire proved durable and provided an ample amount of grip for the repaved Charlotte surface, it made it a logical choice to be put in place for just this type of situation for the fresh asphalt at Michigan.
    Goodyear will ship in enough tires for teams to have 10 sets of tires for the race, which is the original NASCAR set limit for this event. Teams will run their original allotment of right-side tires (D-4528) in Sunday's race. Teams will have additional tires available for a NASCAR-scheduled practice following the Nationwide Series race on Saturday.
    "We decided this move was best to provide quality racing here on Sunday," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's Director of Race Tires. "In collecting data and speaking with drivers and crew chiefs throughout the practice days, we had two choices to make. Our first option was to make the team's race sets available to them before practice on Friday and allow them the chance to 'scuff' them, in order to run them through a heat cycle to increase heat resistance. We did that, but after all the practice sessions ended on Friday, we concluded the safer option was to go to our contingency plan and bring in the 4020s.
    "This code has been run before under similar track conditions and we have full confidence that it will give drivers and teams the enough grip to run a great race on Sunday, while doing so in the safest possible manner. Safety is always our No. 1 concern, and by bringing this tire here this weekend, we will accomplish that goal."(Goodyear PR)(6-15-2012)

  • Sprint Cup Series practice added after Saturday's Nationwide race: Goodyear will make a tire change for Sunday's Quicken Loans 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway. The decision was made Friday evening after teams had tires that were blistering following Friday's practice sessions at the newly-repaved 2.0-mile track. Goodyear will bring a tougher left side tire from Charlotte that the teams will use in Sunday's event. The teams will qualify Saturday as scheduled at 1:10 pm/et with the tires previously allotted by Goodyear. Following the NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the teams will be given a 75-minute practice session with the new left side tires that will start at approximately 6:00pm/et. "With the new repave here at Michigan, coupled with the high temperatures we're seeing this weekend, we feel this change will help us put on the best race possible on Sunday," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition.(NASCAR)
    TV: SPEED will air the practice live at 6:00pm/et.(6-15-2012)

  • Outside groove gone at Bristol: Bristol Motor Speedway has witnessed the initial laps on its recently altered surface. On day one of a two-day Goodyear Tire test #14-Tony Stewart, #31-Jeff Burton and #15-Clint Bowyer circled the half-mile concrete oval, and will wrap up the session on Wednesday. While it's impossible to predict how the racing action will be when NASCAR hits Bristol for August race week and the IRWIN Tools Night Race, the trio of drivers offered their comments following a full day of lapping the banks of Bristol. The same drivers will return on Wednesday to complete the Goodyear Tire test. Goodyear has mandated that the test sessions are closed to the public and media.
    #14-Tony Stewart (who is the only driver to try to run the high groove): "Well, you've definitely lost the top groove. Guys who run up there aren't going to be able to do that because it's pretty slick up there. There's going to be less room to race, that's for sure. We've gone from a three-groove track to two grooves and any time you've got less room to get around it can get pretty interesting. I'm one of the guys who likes that high groove so it's really going to change things up for me. It'll change things for everybody though because when you take away room to race on a track this small with 43 cars... yeah, it's going to tighten things up."
    #15-Clint Bowyer: "That outside line - the upper groove - is out of play now. There's going to be a lot closer racing then we've had here in the past. I don't typically run up there but a lot of guys do and I can't see them going up there now. If they do... it's pretty slippery and they'll figure that out in a hurry. The closer we have to race just means something's going to happen. Is it going to make fans happy? Well, narrowing up the track means less room to get around so there's no question there's going to be closer action."
    #31-Jeff Burton: "Goodyear is looking to bring a tire with more grip. I really think they have found some stuff that is really promising. As for the track itself, I really can't imagine running up there in that top groove. I think it is going to force everyone more to the middle and bottom of the track. The drivers aren't going to be happy, but the spectators probably will be because it is going to put more cars in a closer space. By taking away that groove, it is going to change your mind about going up there. I think it is going to be two grooves, unless Goodyear brings a tire with a lot of grip. If that is the case, you'll want to run around the bottom. Making the groove smaller is a good thing, it is going to put the action back to the bottom and middle of the track. What has changed is up near the wall, the bottom is the same. Tony experimented and tried out that top groove, and I know he won't be trying that again. If people liked the older track more than the new, they are going to like this. This takes the top groove out and brings it back toward the old track. Taking the groove out moves the track closer to what it used to be."(see more quotes at

  • Goodyear tire test at Bristol Tuesday & Wednesday: Three drivers will get the first look at the revamped Bristol Motor Speedway as part of a Goodyear tire test scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. The grinding of the upper groove was completed on the 0.533-mile concrete oval last week. The changes are designed to diminish the upper lane and create only two racing grooves. #14-Tony Stewart, #31-Jeff Burton and #15-Clint Bowyer are scheduled to test Tuesday and Wednesday but rain is in the forecast for Tuesday. The test is closed to the public and media.(Sporting News)(6-12-2012)

  • Tire test at New Hampshire May 8-9: UPDATES: The best way to win races is to be prepared. That's why a number of NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will be in New Hampshire next week, testing new tires for this season's races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company announced a tire test with five Sprint Cup teams May 8-9. The fans are encouraged to watch from the grandstands free of charge. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers scheduled for this test session include; #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Chevy), #99-Carl Edwards (Ford), #47-Bobby Labonte (Toyota), #78-Regan Smith (Chevy), and #27-Paul Menard (Chevy). Grandstands will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 9. The infield will be closed during the test.(NHMS)(5-4-2012)
    UPDATE: Rain washed out testing on Tuesday. The forecast for Wednesday is better, but there is still a change of scatter showers and thunderstorms.(5-9-2012)
    UPDATE 2: Mother Nature pulled back the curtain of fog and an armada of track dryers got "The Magic Mile" ready for a special tire test with five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers. Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Bobby Labonte, Paul Menard and Regan Smith waited out the showers before putting on a show for the fans at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. technicians took over the speedway for the day to test new tire compounds for mile-track setups. It looked like the weather might spoil the fun, but the clouds lifted and the lights went green just before 2:00 p.m.(NHMS), rain returned later in the day, but cars were able to get in 4-5 hours of testing.(5-10-2012)

  • Speeds expected to be up at Pocono after repave: Expect the track record at newly repaved Pocono Raceway to fall when the Sprint Cup Series returns in June, according to the drivers involved in this week's Goodyear tire testing at the 2.5-mile tri-oval. But it's not necessarily the same reason why Michigan International Speedway proved lightning quick when cars had the chance to check out that facility's new asphalt surface. At Michigan, cars reached 215 mph at the end of the straightaways, carrying more straight line speed. On Wednesday, #1-Jamie McMurray was making the biggest gains in speed in Pocono's three long, flat corners. #5-Kasey Kahne was running consistent lap speeds more than 2 mph faster than Kahne's Cup qualifying record of 172.533 mph set in June 2004. And that was without all the little tricks used to squeeze every ounce of speed out of the car in qualifying trim. A lot of that had to do with optimal weather conditions during the tire test. Cool temperatures make more horsepower, and the thermometer was struggling to break the 50-degree mark on Wednesday. Plus, the new surface has a tremendous amount of grip, according to Kahne.(

  • Goodyear will test at Bristol's new surface: With the track changes at Bristol Motor Speedway, Goodyear felt the need to hold a tire test to evaluate the new surface. We're happy with our current tire set-up at Bristol but we always have to keep up with track changes, so we plan to run a test to determine what will best suit the specific modifications made to Bristol," said Stu Grant, Goodyear's general manager of worldwide racing. "We will start out our test with the existing Bristol tire set-up, in order to determine if the changes to the track surface require any changes to our tread compound formulation. We'll then evaluate if the track surface has changed and if we'll need to bring back something different for the race in August." Being a concrete surface, we always need to manage the 'rubbering in' process," added Grant. "Concrete seems to be more sensitive to taking rubber, so we need to make sure we get the right combination of tires to match up with this race track. The most important thing to us is making sure the actual racing surface is the same from the bottom of the track to the top." Goodyear's tire test will be held at Bristol on June 12-13. Participating teams are to be determined.(Goodyear)(4-25-2012)

  • Rain halts tire test at Dover: Even the top stock-car racers in the world won't drive 160 mph in the rain. So while Wednesday's intermittent showers did not deter the usual crowd of white-haired retirees from taking their favorite spots at the slot machines and blackjack tables in the adjacent casino, Goodyear technicians gazed up at the skies over Dover International Speedway and decided to halt their 2-day tire test more than 4 hours early. #51-Kurt Busch, #39-Ryan Newman, #56-Martin Truex Jr. and #29-Kevin Harvick had all parked their cars and cleared out of the state capital by noon, leaving only #22-A.J. Allmendinger and #9-Marcos Ambrose to spend a sliver of their lunch break with the media. And even after the pair returned to the makeshift garage area at the south end of the oval, only Ambrose made it back onto the track in his putty-colored #9 Ford for a couple of top-speed laps before the test was stopped for good at 12:30 pm. Based on the data collected over the day-and-a-half test, Goodyear will develop a new tire to tame the Monster Mile's concrete track. The challenge is to find the right compounds that will properly "rubber in" the racing surface without causing marbles - or chunks of tread - to build up in the high-banked corners. Ambrose completed about 100 laps Wednesday morning and learned something the Goodyear engineers will have to take into account. "The tire was so fast that it would turn this into a one-groove racetrack," the Aussie said with a smile. "We'd be playing follow-the-leader."(Philadelphia Daily News and more at the Delaware News Journal)(4-19-2012)

  • Testing at Pocono UPDATE: hearing that there will be two testing sessions at Pocono Raceway, which is being repaved before the Sprint Cup race in June. Supposedly the Goodyear tire tests are scheduled for April 24th and 25th, 2012. And supposedly teams will be able to test at Pocono on June 6th and 7th, the days before practices at the track on June 8th. The Sprint Cup Series race is scheduled for June 10th.(3-28-2012)
    Free Grandstand Admission at Pocono for Goodyear Tire Testing: Goodyear Tire, the Official Tire of NASCAR, recently announced that April 24 & 25, 2012 will be the dates for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tire tests at Pocono Raceway. The Raceway is in the final stages of repaving the entire track and it's essentially a brand new track. Goodyear engineers will provide a number of different tire compounds and will determine, through this test, what are the best compounds based on results of the test. Goodyear will then produce the tires that will be used in the June 10, 2012 Pocono 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
    The drivers and teams tentatively schedule for the Pocono test are: #1-Jamie McMurray (Chevy); #5-Kasey Kahne (Chevy); #20-Joey Logano (Toyota); #22-A.J. Allmendinger (Dodge) and #43-Aric Almirola (Ford). Fans will be permitted to view both days of the test from the grandstand area at no charge. Fans should enter the parking lots via Gate # 5 (Andretti Rd.) with Gate # 11 opening at 9:00 AM. Fans will be directed to grandstand seating areas near the Start/Finish line. Concession stands will be open both dates of the test. NASCAR will allow all Sprint Cup Series teams to test the new Pocono surface with a specially scheduled test on June 6-7. Grandstands will not be open for this test, however, race fans that have Trackside RV, Reserved Fence Line RV, Reserved Infield RV or Early Bird Infield RV tickets for the Pocono 400 will have the opportunity to view the test session on Thursday for no additional charge. In fact, Gate # 1 tunnel entrance and Gate # 4 (for Trackside RV) will open at 9:00 AM on June 7 to allow early access for these fans. For ticket information call 1-800-RACEWAY (1-800-722-3929) or visit Raceway)(4-9-2012)

  • Tire testing at Michigan UPDATE 2: Goodyear Tire Testing is scheduled at Michigan International Speedway on Tuesday April 3rd and Wednesday April 4, 2012. Drivers scheduled to test: #2-Brad Keselowski (Dodge), #17-Matt Kenseth (Ford), #42-Juan Pablo Montoya (Chevy) and #24-Jeff Gordon (Chevy). The Turn 1 grandstand seats will be open for fans free of charge on April 3-4.(MIS/Goodyear)(3-28-2012)
    UPDATE: #2-Brad Keselowski made history at Michigan International Speedway on Tuesday. The Rochester Hills native took the first laps on the newly paved surface at the racetrack during a Goodyear Tire test. "I feel the decision to pave in October, giving it some time to set was very beneficial," Keselowski said. "The track should be ready to go in record time for a repave. It should be in great shape when we come back here for the race." Keselowski was the first car out at 1:23 p.m., shortly following a rain delay. He was joined at the test by fellow NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers #24-Jeff Gordon, #17-Matt Kenseth and #42-Juan Pablo Montoya. Keselowski tweeted throughout the test, saying the track would reach top speeds on Day 2 of the test on Wednesday. But that didn't keep him from reaching 212, enough to break the 194.232 mph track qualifying record set by Ryan Newman in 2005. Gordon topped off at nearly 215 mph, he said. But a Goodyear Tire test isn't necessarily about how fast the NASCAR stock cars can go, but rather collecting data the tire company can use to build a good race tire for the track's NASCAR events. The two-day test concludes 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Turn 1 grandstands will be open for fans free of charge throughout the day. Fans may park in Lot 10, off US 12.(MIS)(4-4-2012)
    UPDATE 2: After a successful two-day GoodyearTire Test at Michigan International Speedway, some NASCAR drivers say they are happy with the repave. Oh, and the track is fast. They all said that, too. "This place is fast. I mean fast, fast," NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Juan Pablo Montoya said. "Our minimum speed this morning was over 180 mph through the corner when you think about it. We are doing easily over 210 mph at the end of the straight. Official speeds were not available. But participating drivers said and tweeted they unofficially topped speeds of about 215 mph. All the drivers added they believe Ryan Newman's track qualifying record of 194.232 mph set back in 2005 is in jeopardy.(MIS)(4-5-2012)

  • Teams will get test time at Pocono & Michigan: NASCAR has added two days to the Pocono Raceway weekend and one to the Michigan race weekend in June so all teams get a chance to tackle the repaved tracks. Both tracks have new surfaces since last year and Goodyear will conduct tire tests in the next month. NASCAR will have open test days the Wednesday and Thursday prior to the June 8-10 weekend at Pocono. It will have an open test day the Thursday prior to the June 15-17 weekend at Michigan, according to NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp. While that just might mean an extra few days on the road for most drivers and teams, it does throw a wrench into plans for the Feed The Children Prelude to the Dream at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway. That charity race is scheduled for June 6, the same as the first day of the Pocono open test. Eldora officials are still hopeful they could run on that date, a Stewart spokesman said.(Sporting News)(4-1-2012)

  • Tire testing at Dover: Goodyear is scheduled to test Dover International Speedway's concrete surface on April 17-18 with #9-Ambrose (Ford), #22-Allmendinger (Dodge), #29-Harvick (Chevy), #36-Blaney (Chevy), #39-Newman (Chevy), #51-Busch (Chevy) and #56-Truex Jr.(Toyota).(Goodyear PR)(3-28-2012)

  • Tire testing at New Hampshire: Goodyear is scheduled to test New Hampshire Motor Speedway for May 8-9, 2012. Scheduled drivers to test are: #27-Menard (Chevy), #47-Labonte (Toyota), #78-Smith (Chevy), #88-Earnhardt Jr. (Chevy) and #99-Edwards (Ford).(Goodyear PR)(3-29-2012)

  • Truck teams will test tires at Rockingham: In advance of NASCAR's return to Rockingham Speedway on Sunday, April 15 for the Good Sam Club Roadside Assistance Carolina 200 Presented by Cheerwine, Goodyear will host a tire test for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on March 6-7. Drivers participating will be James Buescher (Turner Motorsports), Jason Leffler (Kyle Busch Motorsports) and Timothy Peters (Red Horse Racing). The grandstands will be open to fans free of charge both days.(NASCAR)(3-4-2012)

  • Tire testing at Texas: per Texas Motor Speedway Facebook: #11-Denny Hamlin (Toyota), #14-Tony Stewart (Chevy), #15-Clint Bowyer (Toyota), #16-Greg Biffle (Ford) and #31-Jeff Burton (Chevy) are participating in a closed Goodyear tire test Tues Feb 7th and Wed, Feb 8th.(2-8-2012)

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