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  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Tests Goodyear's New Tire at Kansas: Its debut set records. Its encore offered a taste of what's to come. "It" is the innovative "multi-zone tread" Goodyear tire that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers tested Thursday at Kansas Speedway, and will use during Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400, the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Goodyear developed two zones on the right side tires: the outer zone dubbed the "traction zone" - which was made of a sticky and more grip-oriented compound - and the "inner zone" - also known as the "endurance zone" - which was built with a firmer compound to help prolong the tire life. Thirty-eight drivers tested the new tire during a three-plus hour session at Kansas Speedway that was delayed by rain. #48-Jimmie Johnson turned the fastest lap at 182.648 mph, followed by #99-Carl Edwards, #78-Kurt Busch, #31-Jeff Burton and #27-Paul Menard. Points leader #20-Matt Kenseth was 13th on the speed charts.
    Goodyear's multi-zone tread tire debuted at Atlanta Motor Speedway last month, resulting in shattered passing records. Throughout the 500-mile event, there were 3,748 green flag passes - 190 more than the old record, and 1,200 more than last year's figure.
    At Atlanta, the new tire's durability counterbalanced the rough racing surface. At Kansas Speedway, which repaved its racing surface last year, the "multi-zone tread" tire's design will add grip to combat the new, slick surface. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director John Darby offered a "no news is good news" critique of today's tire test. "We didn't see anything, which is good news," Darby said. "One of the exciting parts of having it here at Kansas is because this is a recently repaved track that's very smooth. We ran the zone tread at Atlanta without any technical issues or failures and had a good race. But that's on a very aggressive, coarse track surface. We had that example. This is the other end of the spectrum for the tire. It's fresh pavement that's smooth."(NASCAR)
    See speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap average on the Kansas Test Speeds page (pdf).(10-4-2013)

  • Testing at Kansas - Speeds: Kansas Speedway will have an extra day of racing on Thursday that will be open to the public. Goodyear will conduct a test for Sprint Cup teams to acclimate to the new tires it has developed for Sunday's Hollywood Casino 400. Gates will open at 11:30am with testing from noon to 4:00 pm. Admission is $10 with proceeds being donated to the March of Dimes. This weekend will mark the third Sprint Cup race on the re-paved and re-banked Kansas Speedway surface, starting with the fall race in 2012. It's rare to make a change in tires in the same season at tracks that hold two races, but NASCAR and Goodyear decided to change the compounds in the tire, including a new "multi-zone" tire on the right sides, to better match the new surface. Goodyear conducted a tire test at Kansas Speedway July 16-17 with four teams participating: #16-Greg Biffle, #78-Kurt Busch, #18-Kyle Busch and #39-Ryan Newman. In order to minimize any advantage those teams derived from that testing, NASCAR decided to open the track to all teams on Thursday. Only the Sprint Cup teams will be on the new tire set-up this weekend. The Nationwide cars will run on the tires that were used in the 2012 fall race.(Kansas City Star)(10-3-2013)
    SPEEDS: NASCAR.com is running a live leaderboard feed of the speeds during testing at Kansas Speedway. #48-Johnson was the fastest at 182.648 mph followed by #99-Edwards, #78-Busch, #31-Burton and #27-Menard. 38 drivers/cars have tested on Thursday.
    See speeds, laps run, best 10 consecutive lap average on the Kansas Test Speeds page (pdf).(10-3-2013)

  • Goodyear Set to Roll Out Multi-Zone Tread 2.0 at Kansas: With the successful debut of its new multi-zone tread tire at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this month, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will come back with the second application of the concept at Kansas Speedway next week. Goodyear has employed multi-zone tread technology on passenger car tires for nearly a decade. In its NASCAR application, the multi-zone tire features two distinct tread compounds on the same tire - one for traction and one for endurance.
    "We were extremely happy with the maiden voyage of the multi-zone tread tire we brought to Atlanta -- the tire performance was excellent," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of race tires. "We are excited to utilize the same multi-zone tread technology on a different application. Atlanta is a highly abrasive surface that wears tires quickly, but Kansas is recently paved and doesn't wear tires at all. For Atlanta, we knew the Gen-6 car would be faster, thus putting more stress on the right-side tires. But, because the track surface is well worn and lacks grip, just going to a harder compound wouldn't be a good solution. As a result, the multi-zone technology enabled us to maintain the tractive compound on the outside portion of the tread and toughen up the inside three inches to protect the part of the right-side tire that takes the most abuse and sees the most heat. At Kansas, this will be the third race after the repave and we've recognized that the track seems to have lost some grip, but has not yet begun to wear tires. To address that, we increased the grip on the left side of the car with a more tractive compound. With additional grip on the left, the cars will be much faster, again putting more stress on the right-side tire. So, we've utilized multi-zone tread technology to have the same compound that we've run there since the repave on the outside of the right-side tire to keep that level of traction, and paired it with a tougher, more heat resistant compound on the inboard three inches for endurance."
    Comparing the two tracks, they are on opposite ends of the wear spectrum. For Goodyear, each presents its own unique challenges. To design a tire for Kansas, like all repaved tracks, it is a delicate balance. If you design a tire with a compound that is soft enough to wear, it will provide too much grip, which will lead to higher speeds, higher heat and diminished endurance. If you simply use a compound that is hard enough to withstand heat, it might not provide an adequate level of grip.
    One key part of the tire design process is a track imaging system that Goodyear uses to get the precise characteristics of track surfaces. Goodyear employs an optical device that collects surface data in three dimensions using Dynamic Light Processing technology and a powerful still image camera to capture surface characteristics on a micro scale (one-thirtieth the width of a human hair). Software gathers the raw data, analyzes it and produces a scaled image of the track surface using color graphics. (The track surface images of both the Atlanta and Kansas track surfaces can be found on the attached graphic page.)
    This combination of the new Kansas left-side tire (D-4604) and the new multi-zone tread right-side tire (D-4606) came out of a test at Kansas Speedway on July 16-17. Goodyear engineers also decided to run that test at night, to avoid the midday heat and better match the track temperatures we would expect to have in October.
    Drivers and teams participating in that session were #16-Greg Biffle, #78-Kurt Busch, #18-Kyle Busch and #39-Ryan Newman. Next weekend at Kansas, only the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will be on the new tire set-up. NASCAR Nationwide Series teams will be on the same set-up they ran at the track in April.(Goodyear), see graphic below for an explanation:(9-29-2013)



  • Tire testing at Phoenix open to public: Phoenix International Raceway announced that the grandstands will be open to the public for the Goodyear tire test on Tuesday, September 10. Five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams are expected to participate in the test: #10-Danica Patrick, #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, #55-Brian Vickers, #31-Jeff Burton. The tire test is expected to run from 9am to 2pm and admission is free. Fans can enter the facility through Gate 7 and sit in the Bryan Grandstands. Limited concessions locations will be open and PIR staff will be on-site to answer any questions. The Gate 7 ticket office will be open during testing hours for fans who have not yet purchased their tickets for the November race weekend. Tickets for the November 10 AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, as well as all other events throughout the November race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, start at $25 and are available at www.phoenixraceway.com or by calling 1-866-408-RACE (7223).(PIR)(9-5-2013)

  • Testing updates: Several NASCAR Sprint Cup teams - from those on the Chase bubble to title contenders - tested Monday and will do so Tuesday at Cup tracks. NASCAR allows teams four tests at tracks that host Cup races. Many teams saved at least some, if not all of their tests, for this time of the season. Stewart-Haas Racing's Ryan Newman, Mark Martin and Danica Patrick are testing Monday and Tuesday at Richmond International Raceway. They'll be joined by Travis Kvapil and David Reutimann of BK Racing and Swan Racing's David Stremme. The Richmond race will determine the Chase field. Newman holds the final Wild Card spot heading into Sunday night's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Chicagoland Speedway, which hosts the opening, had several teams testing today (Monday). They all will be back Tuesday. Testing are the teams of Joe Gibbs Racing, including Bristol winner Matt Kenseth, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Penske Racing.
    Here's an updated list of tests scheduled for Cup tracks through the end of the season:
    Richmond International Raceway
    Aug. 26-27: Stewart Haas Racing, BK Racing, Swan Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports
    Oct. 22-23: Goodyear tire test for 2014 (teams to be determined)
    Chicagoland Speedway
    Aug. 27-28: Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Penske Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing
    Sept. 24-25: Goodyear tire test for 2014 (teams to be determined)
    New Hampshire Motor Speedway
    Sept. 3: Richard Childress Racing
    Dover International Speedway
    Sept. 9-10: Joe Gibbs Racing
    Kansas Speedway
    Oct. 3: All Cup teams given a test day since Goodyear is bringing a new tire.
    Martinsville Speedway
    Oct. 7-9: Roush Fenway Racing
    Oct. 8-9: Furniture Row Racing, Brad Keselowski Racing
    Texas Motor Speedway
    Oct. 14-15: Hendrick Motorsports
    Oct. 16: Roush Fenway Racing.
    Oct. 22-23: Richard Childress Racing
    Phoenix International Raceway
    Sept. 10-11: Goodyear tire test with teams of #10-Danica Patrick, #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, #55-Brian Vickers, #31-Jeff Burton
    Bristol Motor Speedway
    Sept. 17: Goodyear tire test for Nationwide teams of Trevor Bayne, Regan Smith and Kyle Busch for 2014.
    (Motor Racing Network), see testings news on the 2013 Testing page and the 2013 Tire Testings / Sponsor page.(8-27-2013)

  • Testing continues by many teams: Many NASCAR Sprint Cup teams saved some or all four of their allotted tests at Cup tracks to prepare for the Chase. Both Hendrick Motorsports and Michael Waltrip Racing kept their four tests for this point of the season. Penske Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing each have three tests remaining. Those teams all will use some tests before the Chase begins next month at Chicagoland Speedway. Hendrick Motorsports tests Tuesday and Wednesday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which hosts the second race in the Chase. Johnson qualified second there in July before his car failed inspection and he started at the rear. He rallied to finish sixth, but none of his teammates placed better than 10th.
    Here's a look at upcoming tests Cup teams have confirmed with tracks:
    Richmond International Raceway
    Aug. 19-20: Penske Racing, Germain Racing
    Aug. 20-21: Hendrick Motorsports, Michael Waltrip Racing
    Oct. 15-16: Goodyear Tire test for 2014 (teams to be determined)
    Chicagoland Speedway
    Aug. 27-28: Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Penske Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing
    Sept. 24-25: Goodyear Tire test for 2014 (teams to be determined)
    New Hampshire Motor Speedway
    Aug. 13-14: Hendrick Motorsports
    Sept. 3-4: Richard Childress Racing
    Dover International Speedway
    Sept. 9-10: Joe Gibbs Racing
    Kansas Speedway
    Oct. 3: All Cup teams given a test day since Goodyear is bringing a new tire
    Martinsville Speedway
    Oct. 7-8: Roush Fenway Racing
    Texas Motor Speedway
    Oct. 14-15: Hendrick Motorsports
    Phoenix International Raceway
    Sept. 10-11: Goodyear Tire test with teams of Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Juan Pablo Montoya and Mark Martin.(Motor Racing Network)(8-14-2013)

  • Goodyear chooses tire for Atlanta race: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company often takes what it learns at the NASCAR track and transfers that into its consumer tires. Now comes an example of how street technology that has been used for years, has transferred to the track. Based on several tests over the past year, and most specifically a session this past Tuesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Goodyear's racing division will utilize "zone tread" technology for its race recommendation for the upcoming race at that track.
    For its new Atlanta right-side tire, Goodyear has combined one compound (run recently at Michigan) to help control heat on the inner half of the tread with a different tread (run previously at Atlanta) to give the cars more grip. It will be paired with the more traditional left-side tire run at Atlanta last season.
    Goodyear first used the zone tread concept with its revolutionary Assurance TripleTred passenger tire back in 2004. That tire, designed for all-weather conditions, combines three distinct tread zones for wet, icy and dry conditions. This is the second notable example of how Goodyear has transferred street technology to its racing tires. For the 2009 racing season, the tire maker introduced a wet weather radial for use in the NASCAR Nationwide Series that has a tread pattern based on the "street" Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season tire.(Goodyear)(8-10-2013)

  • Tire test held at Atlanta: A total of 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams took part in a Goodyear tire test on Tuesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway in preparation for the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR night race weekend August 30th to September 1st. Among speeds seen today in Atlanta include 189.150 mph by #43-Aric Almirola while #1-Jamie McMurray turned in a speed of 188.443 mph on the 1.54 mile speedway. #99-Carl Edwards, who won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Atlanta in 2005, was among the drivers testing on Tuesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. A three-time winner in Atlanta, #78-Kurt Busch was also at Atlanta Motor Speedway testing in preparation for the AdvoCare 500. Other drivers that took part in the testing in Atlanta included #2-Brad Keselowski, #5-Kasey Kahne, #13-Casey Mears, #20-Matt Kenseth, #27-Paul Menard, #56-Martin Truex, Jr., AJ Allmendinger and #83-David Reutimann.(AMS)(8-7-2013)

  • Tire testing continues: Goodyear's busy testing schedule for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series continues this summer with return trips to Kansas Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway in the coming weeks. Goodyear will return for a test at Kansas July 16-17 with the #16 Roush Fenway Racing, #18 Joe Gibbs Racing and #78 Furniture Row Racing teams. Goodyear recently completed a two-day test at Atlanta Motor Speedway on June 18-19 but will return to the 1.54-mile speedway Aug. 6 for a confirmation test with team selections still to be determined. The AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta will be held Sept. 1 and the Kansas Chase race, the Hollywood Casino 400, will be run Oct. 6. Phoenix will be one of the upcoming Goodyear tests along with pre-2014 sessions at Richmond and Las Vegas later this fall.(Motor Racing Network)(7-3-2013)

  • Atlanta tire testing June 18 & 19 UPDATES: Gooodyear Tire testing is scheduled on Tuesday, June 18th and Wednesday, June 19th at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Sprint Cup drivers scheduled to attend one or both days: #9-Marcos Ambrose, #11-Denny Hamlin, #5-Kasey Kahne and #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(AMS), the test will be closed to the public.(6-14-2013)
    UPDATE: The first of two days of a Goodyear tire test is underway at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with #5-Kasey Kahne, #9-Marcos Ambrose, #11-Denny Hamlin and #17-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. taking part in Tuesday's portion of the test session. The tire test comes less than 80 days prior to the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR night race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where drivers expect tire wear to be more of a factor than other similar tracks. Goodyear will utilize data gained during the tire test to develop the tire supplied to race teams during Labor Day Weekend.(AMS)(6-19-2013)
    UPDATE 2: #88-Dale Earnhardt, Jr., #9-Marcos Ambrose and #21-Trevor Bayne were the drivers taking part in the second and final day of a Goodyear Tire Test on Wednesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway as Goodyear works to develop the tire compound that will be provided to race teams during the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR night race weekend Aug. 30- Sept 1, 2013. The test session saw cars lay down laps at a high rate of speed on the 1.-54-mile quad-oval. The AdvoCare 500 will be the first race at Atlanta Motor Speedway with NASCAR's new Gen-6 cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and this week's tire test was the first time that the Gen-6 was on the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "I think based on what we've seen is that the new car is definitely faster. I don't know if it is track-record fast, because that was set a long time ago," said Rick Campbell, NASCAR Project Manager for Goodyear. "It's certainly way faster than last year's car and I expect the speeds to be significantly faster than last year." Earnhardt Jr. posted the fastest lap of the day at a speed of 188.69 mph. Earnhardt Jr. and Bayne were substituting for respective teammates, Kasey Kahne and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., who took part in the test on Tuesday and flew back to Charlotte to attend the funeral of Jason Leffler. Earnhardt Jr. and Bayne were driving test cars driven by Kahne and Stenhouse on Tuesday.(AMS)(6-20-2013)

  • Goodyear decides on Indy tire: Goodyear's Stu Grant says he's decided on the Brickyard 400 tire package for the July race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Teams will run the same right-side tires used last summer; Nationwide teams will run the same left-sides used last summer but Cup teams will run a new left-side.(MikeMulhern.net)(5-12-2013)

  • Spring Testing season underway for Goodyear: With springtime comes warmer weather across the country which, in turn, marks the beginning of testing season at some of NASCAR's more northern tracks for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. After running a two-day test down south at Daytona International Speedway on April 16-17, the exclusive tire supplier for NASCAR's top three divisions moved up north this past Tuesday and Wednesday to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, to be followed by sessions at Chicagoland Speedway next week (May 7-8) and New Hampshire Motor Speedway the following week (May 14-15).
    "Now that the weather is scheduled to break, it opens up our palette of race tracks for testing to continue our tire development with the Gen-6 car," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of race tire sales. "We've had a great start to the season, and NASCAR deserves a lot of credit for all the work they've put in to the new car. We used the early part of the season to collect a lot of data on race weekends to see how our tires work with the Gen-6. We feel very good about our results so far and we just want to stay on top of things and see where improvements can be made. As teams have more time with the new car, their set-ups will evolve, so we need to stay in tune with those changes. Track testing in advance of summer races at some of these tracks is the best way to do that."
    Goodyear started the spring testing season with the two-day session at Daytona. Day one featured single car runs as teams sorted through several tire options. Day two was run mostly in multi-car packs, with the nine teams getting in two 20-lap runs. It was a fruitful session that yielded a new tire recommendation for NASCAR weekend scheduled for this coming July.
    "We tested at Daytona mainly to keep up with the race track, since it's now been a couple years since the re-pave" said Stucker. "After running the 500 down there in February, and what we learned at the test, we will go back there in July with a new recommendation. We've decided to change the compounds on both sides of the car and update the left-side construction to incorporate changes that we've successfully made at several other race tracks."
    Goodyear followed that up with a test this past week at Indianapolis, which has a grooved surface that is known for aggressively wearing tires. Driver's and teams participating in that six-car test were #21-Trevor Bayne, #78-Kurt Busch, #24-Jeff Gordon, #2-Brad Keselowski, #55-Mark Martin and #14-Tony Stewart.
    "Indianapolis is obviously a unique configuration and not like any other surface we race on. We've been very happy with our set-up over the last several years, and we want to be able to match that on these cars that have more left-side weight, more downforce and cambered rear ends," said Stucker. "We completed two full days of testing this week and we had excellent weather that provided conditions very typical of what we might expect in July -- sunny and mid-80-degree temperatures. All six teams participated in evaluations, and contributed a lot of data for us to review in determining the recommendation for this year's race, which we will finalize over the coming weeks."
    Goodyear continues on with tests at Chicagoland and New Hampshire, two tracks that will host three races on the remaining NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule.
    "At Chicagoland, our goal will be evaluating any changes to the track surface and learning more about this car on the intermediate tracks, which is the most popular style track on the circuit," said Stucker. "Driver feedback from Loudon last year identified that track as an opportunity to increase grip. The focus of that test will be to come up with the right balance of grip, wear and fall off for the new car on that surface."
    Drivers and teams scheduled for do the Chicagoland test are #16-Greg Biffle, #18-Kurt Busch, #29-Kevin Harvick, #48-Jimmie Johnson, #1-Jamie McMurray and #39-Ryan Newman.
    Set to handle the New Hampshire test are #7-Dave Blaney, #15-Clint Bowyer, #31-Jeff Burton, #24-Jeff Gordon, #20-Matt Kenseth and #22-Joey Logano.
    Later in the year, Goodyear has already scheduled additional tests for Atlanta Motor Speedway (June 18-19), Homestead-Miami Speedway on August 27-28, Phoenix International Raceway on September 10-11, Richmond International Raceway on October 15-16 and Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 22-23.(Goodyear Racing PR)(5-4-2013)

  • Goodyear Tire Testing at Chicago: Goodyear is scheduled to be hosting a tire test at Chicagoland Speedway on Tuesday, May 7 & Wednesday, May 8. Drivers tentatively scheduled to participate in the tire test include: #1-Jamie McMurray, #16-Greg Biffle, #18-Kyle Busch, #29-Kevin Harvick, #39-Ryan Newman and #48-Jimmie Johnson. The test is closed to the public.(Chicagoland Speedway)(5-2-2013)

  • Tire testing at Indy UPDATE: been told that there will be NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Goodyear tire testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1. The following drivers are scheduled to test. #2-Brad Keselowski, #14-Tony Stewart, #21-Trevor Bayne, #24-Jeff Gordon, #55-Mark Martin and #78-Kurt Busch.
    AND Part of NASCAR rolls into town today for stock car testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon are among the Sprint Cup Series drivers participating in the Goodyear tire test today and Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski, former Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne, Mark Martin and Kurt Busch also will be on the track. The session will be from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days with an hour break for lunch sometime around noon. Spectators can watch the test from the Hall of Fame Museum parking lot, the grandstand located inside the track near the museum and a small portion of the Turn 2 spectator mound. The rest of the latter is closed due to renovation and ADA upgrades that will be completed for next week's opening of Indianapolis 500 practice. There is no admission to the museum parking lot (Indianapolis Star).(4-30-2013)
    UPDATE NASCAR had the perfect combination for the start of Tuesday's tire test in Indianapolis. Cool track, new tires, long straightaways and cars with grip. It doesn't get any better than that , and they aren't likely go much faster than this, either. After #55-Mark Martin wrote on Twitter that he had hit 212 mph in the backstretch during the morning session, a disbelieving #24-Jeff Gordon walked over to his team to see what it had recorded. "They said 214 and I said, 'My gosh, it really is fast,'" Gordon said. To put the speeds in perspective, Denny Hamlin won last year's Brickyard 400 pole with a fast lap of 182.293 mph. Gordon said all the cars Tuesday were faster. The incredibly quick speeds didn't last long when the temperatures warmed up and tires started wearing faster. And while nobody expects the cars to go anywhere close to these speeds in late July, everybody was encouraged by the early performance of the new Gen-6 cars on one of America's most historic, and tricky tracks. On Tuesday, Gordon and a handful of other drivers were asked to start the testing on a new more environmentally friendly tire. It worked spectacularly well under ideal conditions. The tires, Gordon said, did not respond nearly as well in the afternoon, and Trevor Bayne, who also tested, noted his speeds were down by about one full second per lap in the heat. The same drivers will return to the track Wednesday for another closed practice.(Associated Press)(5-1-2013)

  • "Goodyear Gives Back" program to return at Charlotte: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced that its fourth-annual "Goodyear Gives Back" military charity campaign will kick off during Charlotte Motor Speedway's May Speedweeks and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600. To raise awareness for this year's program, Goodyear will once again transform the appearance of its iconic NASCAR tires, replacing the traditional Goodyear "Eagle" and "Wrangler" sidewalls with a symbolic desert camouflage design reading "Support Our Troops." The tires will be run during all NASCAR events at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May, including the Sprint All-Star Race, the Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series races, and the Coca-Cola 600. In the first three years of the program - with the running of Support Our Troops tires at Daytona International Speedway in both 2010 and 2012, and Chicagoland Speedway in 2011 - Goodyear and NASCAR fans have generated more than $700,000 in cash and product donations to help military members and their families through the "Support Our Troops" organization. In addition to launching its own charity program, Goodyear will also support the Charlotte Motor Speedway's "Welcome Home Our Troops" program to help bring troops and their families to the Coca-Cola 600.(Goodyear)(4-24-2013)

  • Tire test at Daytona UPDATE 2: Goodyear will conduct a tire test at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 16 & 17. Drivers scheduled to participate include: #1-Jamie McMurray, #5-Kasey Kahne/Regan Smith (Hendrick Motorsports), #10-Danica Patrick, #16-Greg Biffle, #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., a driver from Joe Gibbs Racing, #21-Trevor Bayne, #33-Austin Dillon, and #99-Carl Edwards.(DIS)(4-10-2013)
    UPDATE Testing continues at Daytona: Goodyear will continue a two-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tire test at Daytona International Speedway at 9:00am/et Wednesday as a prep for the July 6 Coke Zero 400. The test is open to the public. Goodyear began testing Tuesday, which was closed to the public and media and scheduled to end at 10:00pm/et. Spectators will be allowed into the Oldfield Grandstand on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Race fans may access the viewing area through the lobby of the Daytona International Speedway Ticket and Tours Building. There is no charge to watch testing.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(4-17-2013)
    UPDATE2 Nine Teams Take Part in Two-Day Goodyear Tire Test: Nine teams shook down tires for Goodyear on Tuesday and Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway ahead of the 55th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Saturday, July 6. Drivers that participated in both single-car runs and drafting sessions in the tire test were: #1-McMurray, #5-Kahne/Smith, #10-Patrick, #16-Biffle, #17-Stenhouse Jr., Michael McDowell (JGR), #21-Bayne, #33-Dillon and #99-Edwards. Drivers turned laps under the lights on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. while Wednesday's session was during the daytime. Tickets for all the events that are part of the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola Weekend At Daytona are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.(DIS)(4-18-2013)

  • 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)

  • Darlington Goodyear Tire test open to public: On Tuesday, Feb. 5, Darlington RAceway will host a Goodyear Tire Test, which will feature the Gen-6 racecar. Participating in the test will be NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers #99-Carl Edwards, #11-Denny Hamlin, #56-Martin Truex Jr., #27-Paul Menard and #42-Juan Pablo Montoya. The test, which will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., is FREE and open to the public. Darlington Raceway will open two sections of the Colvin Grandstand on the backstretch of the track for fans to watch the test throughout the day and witness the first laps of the Gen-6 car on the high banks of the track Too Tough To Tame. If fans enjoy the new Gen-6 car testing at Darlington, they will have the opportunity to visit the Darlington ticket office that day and receive a special gift and pricing on tickets for the Bojangles' Southern 500. Fans can also get their picture taken with Darlington's new Chevy Camaro pace car, which will be located next to the ticket office. The Darlington gift shop and stock car museum will be open from 10 a.m - 5 p.m. that day. An adult admission price for the museum will be just $3 for that day only. Fans need to use the Gate 6 entrance to the track off of Highway 151. The parking lot is located next to the track's administration building and certain sections of the Colvin Grandstand on the backstretch will be open for public viewing. Times of the test are subject to change by Goodyear. A rain date of Wednesday, Feb. 6 has been scheduled if there is a postponement due to inclement weather. Tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 on May 11 and Nationwide Series 200 on Friday, May 10 are on sale now! Remember, kids 12 and under are half off for the Bojangles' Southern 500 and FREE for the Nationwide Series 200 in general admission sections. Visit www.DarlingtonRaceway.com or call 866-459-7223 for tickets.(Darlington Raceway)(1-24-2013)

  • 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)


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