Goodyear — based in Akron, Ohio — has an exclusive deal as NASCAR's supplier that runs through 2017
Goodyear Tire Tests reported for the 2011 season:
Daytona [new pavement]. 12/15-16: 22 cars tested
Darlington, 2/15: #4-Kahne; others ?
Dover, 4/19: #24-Gordon (Chevy), #43-Allmendinger (Ford), #11-Hamlin (Toyota)
Indianapolis, 5/4-5: #16-Biffle (Ford), #22-Busch (Dodge), #27-Menard (Chevy), #42-Montoya (Chevy), #56-Truex Jr. (Toyota)
Kentucky, 6/1: #00-Reutimann (Toyota), #2-Keselowski (Dodge), #16-Biffle (Ford), #20-Logano (Toyota), #29-Harvick (Chevy), #38-Kvapil (Ford), #5-Martin (Chevy)
Martinsville, 8/16-17: #88-Earnhardt Jr.(Chevy), #31-Burton(Chevy), #6-Ragan(Ford), #2-Keselowski(Dodge), #47-Labonte(Toyota)
Phoenix, 8/29-30: #48-Johnson (Chevy), #14-Stewart (Chevy), #99-Edwards (Ford), #22-Busch (Dodge), #18-Busch (Toyota)
Bristol, 9/27-28: #1-McMurray (Chevy), #9-Marcos Ambrose (Ford), #13-Casey Mears (Toyota), #78-Regan Smith (Chevy)
Auto Club, 10/18: #16-Biffle (Ford), #00-Reutimann (Toyota), #12-Hornish (Dodge), #51-Cassill (Chevy)
Las Vegas, 11/7&9: #43-Allmendinger (Dodge), #20-Logano (Toyota), #27-Menard (Chevy) and #42-Montoya (Chevy)
Goodyear NASCAR tire tests concludes at LVMS: Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams tested tires for Goodyear Monday and today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Among those testing were Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #43-A.J. Allmendinger, #20-Joey Logano, #27-Paul Menard and #42-Juan Pablo Montoya. Stenhouse, NASCAR Nationwide Series 2010 rookie of the year, drives the #6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing. With just two races remaining on the 2011 schedule (Phoenix and Homestead, Fla.), Stenhouse leads the NNS point standings, just 17 ahead of Elliott Sadler. While Stenhouse's main function was to test tires for the manufacturer, his task did present two opportunities. "Testing is going pretty good," Stenhouse said during a break. "It's got a really good speed, it's fast and I think they're learning a lot, so it's going pretty good. I don't get the opportunity to be in a (NASCAR Sprint) Cup (Series) car very often so I take full advantage of it from a driver's standpoint. To learn the differences between our Nationwide cars and these Cup cars." The tests were not open to the public. Tickets for the LVMS 2012 NASCAR Weekend, including the March 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 and NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam's Town 300 (March 10) may be purchased online at www.LVMS.com or by calling the ticket office at (702) 644-4444.(LVMS)(11-10-2011)
Goodyear expects good racing at Phoenix: After two on-track test sessions on the reconfigured and repaved Phoenix International Raceway, as well as extensive work done by PIR officials in recent weeks, the new track surface appears to be ready for a great weekend of NASCAR racing action. Goodyear started out the on-track process of preparing for this week's race with a tire test at PIR on August 29-30. Participating in that test were #14-Tony Stewart, #18-Kyle Busch, #22-Kurt Busch, #48-Jimmie Johnson and #99-Carl Edwards.
"We started out with a thorough notebook on the 'old' Phoenix surface and configuration, and combined that with what we've learned from other track repaves over the past several years," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "We conducted our tire test on the new surface in August and felt like we came up with a good tire set-up, despite the extremely hot conditions we had out there at that time. When we returned for the NASCAR open test in early October with almost a full field of cars, we believe our earlier findings were confirmed.
The combination we decided upon for Phoenix was a tire set-up based on what we run at Indianapolis," Stucker added. "Although these tracks differ quite a bit in length, they're similar because of their high speeds and relatively flat corners. The Phoenix package will use the exact same left side tire as Indy, paired with the Indy compound and construction on the right side with slightly less gage, or tread thickness, to help manage the heat that will be generated on the ultra-smooth surface."
The challenges in this process were many. Not only was the track reconfigured with progressive banking built into the corners, the new, smooth track surface was slow to take rubber. The effort to get the track ready for this week's race has been taken on aggressively by PIR officials.
"One consistent observation by ourselves, NASCAR and the teams during the open test, was the slowness of the track to take rubber," said Stucker. "This is not at all uncommon for a new surface, especially with the new asphalt mixes that are being used these days. Being able to work in the second groove was of particular concern. To that end, the track people have done a great job in working on the surface to get it ready for race weekend.
Based upon a lot of collective input, they have taken several positive steps in working on the track, including having many professional drivers go out there this week in Richard Petty Driving Experience cars to make laps and try to work in the outside groove. The more conditioning the new asphalt gets, the more likely the guys are to move up into that outside groove and put rubber down." Through on-track testing, information gathering with NASCAR, driver input and track preparation, it has truly been a group effort to get Phoenix's racing surface ready for this weekend's events.(Goodyear)(11-10-2011)
Tire testing at Vegas on Monday and Wednesday: Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams are testing tires for Goodyear today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The two-day test will conclude on Wednesday as the speedway was reserved for other activity on Tuesday. Among those testing Monday were #43-A.J. Allmendinger, #20-Joey Logano, #27-Paul Menard and #42-Juan Pablo Montoya. Allmendinger drives the #43 Best Buy Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports. While a crewman admitted there's not much technical data to gain during a tire test, his driver viewed it as an opportunity to sharpen his skills. "We're just working with Goodyear, testing different tire combinations today," Allmendinger said. "We're working on a tire for next year's race here. I've struggled on the mile-and-a-half tracks and Las Vegas is my worst. This place is tough. It's my Achilles' heel. So any time you can be in a car here, that helps. But it's better to be coming here from Texas, where we did pretty well on Sunday (10th place) as opposed to coming here from a short track like Martinsville, for instance. I can take what I learned Sunday and it will help me here, especially since we only race here once a year. Any extra laps I can get here are good." The Goodyear tire tests are not open to the public. Tickets for the LVMS 2012 NASCAR Weekend, including the March 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 and NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam's Town 300 (March 10) may be purchased online at www.LVMS.com or by calling the ticket office at (702) 644-4444.(LVMS)(11-9-2011)
Tire testing at Vegas on Monday and Wednesday: Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams are testing tires for Goodyear today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The two-day test will conclude on Wednesday as the speedway was reserved for other activity on Tuesday. Among those testing Monday were #43-A.J. Allmendinger, #20-Joey Logano, #27-Paul Menard and #42-Juan Pablo Montoya. Allmendinger drives the #43 Best Buy Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports. While a crewman admitted there’s not much technical data to gain during a tire test, his driver viewed it as an opportunity to sharpen his skills. “We’re just working with Goodyear, testing different tire combinations today,” Allmendinger said. “We’re working on a tire for next year’s race here. I’ve struggled on the mile-and-a-half tracks and Las Vegas is my worst. This place is tough. It’s my Achilles’ heel. So any time you can be in a car here, that helps. But it’s better to be coming here from Texas, where we did pretty well on Sunday (10th place) as opposed to coming here from a short track like Martinsville, for instance. I can take what I learned Sunday and it will help me here, especially since we only race here once a year. Any extra laps I can get here are good.” The Goodyear tire tests are not open to the public. Tickets for the LVMS 2012 NASCAR Weekend, including the March 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kobalt Tools 400 and NASCAR Nationwide Series Sam’s Town 300 (March 10) may be purchased online at www.LVMS.com or by calling the ticket office at (702) 644-4444.(LVMS), see past tire testing notes on the Tire Testing News page.(11-9-2011)
Goodyear tire test at Auto Club Speedway: A Goodyear tire test scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 18 at Auto Club Speedway will be open and free to the public. Drivers scheduled to particpate include: #16-Biffle (Ford), #00-Reutimann (Toyota), #12-Hornis (Dodge), and #51-Cassill (Chevy). Limited access to the grandstands will be provided for the event. Enter off the main Speedway entrance on Cherry Ave. Parking is free. The test session will run from 9:00am-noon and 1:00-5:00pm Pacific time.(Auto Club Speedway)(10-15-2011)
Goodyear and NASCAR Extend Agreement: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and NASCAR today jointly announced they have signed an extended agreement for Goodyear to continue as the exclusive tire used in NASCAR's top three racing series for the next five years. The agreement, which extends through the 2017 season, renews Goodyear as the "Exclusive Tire Supplier" of NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Goodyear has had an uninterrupted commitment to NASCAR since becoming a race tire supplier in the 1950s, making it one of the longest-running supply programs in any sport. In addition, Goodyear has been the exclusive tire supplier for all three of the circuit's top series since 1997.
"This extension is the continuation of a relationship between experts," said Pierre Jambon, vice president of Goodyear's off-highway business. "NASCAR is clearly the expert in stock car racing, and it has chosen Goodyear because of our expertise in delivering outstanding performance. Our tire performance on the track validates our brand, inspires confidence for drivers and helps create exciting racing for fans. We are proud to continue to be an integral part of NASCAR."
"Our longtime relationship with Goodyear is a testament to the company's consistent high-quality tire it supplies the race teams," said Jim O'Connell, NASCAR's chief sales officer. "Not only are they experts in tire performance, but they are also a brand that understands how to effectively engage and connect with our fans through creative activation."
What they're saying about Goodyear's contract extension with NASCAR:
Stu Grant, general manager of worldwide racing, Goodyear: "This season marks the 57th consecutive year of Goodyear's involvement with NASCAR, and I can't imagine our racing program without that alliance. We've been able to grow the exposure of the Goodyear brand through the phenomenal growth of NASCAR over the years, and it's been a very exciting process. The race cars have evolved and I thing that together, Goodyear and NASCAR have delivered a racing product that is second to none. We've been able to continually move forward on all fronts due to the tremendous communication and trust that we have with NASCAR at all levels, and I'm very pleased and very proud that this relationship will continue."
Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition, NASCAR: "To get ahead of the curve and announce this extension is a welcomed event. Goodyear is one of the longest standing partners we have in NASCAR, and we have a great relationship. Goodyear tires are one of the main reasons we are currently having some of the greatest competition in the history of NASCAR."
Chad Knaus, crew chief, #48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy: "I think the level of commitment from Goodyear over the years is incomparable among all levels of auto sports. Goodyear is always here, talking to the competitors, making sure their product performs how we need it to. The way their engineers work and deal with the teams, it shows why they have succeeded in this sport for so long. Goodyear's tires are very consistent and they are very safe. That's what I focus on, from a crew chief or team standpoint, is the consistency of the tires. Goodyear continually tries to evolve to keep up with the sport and puts its resources back in, and that is greatly appreciated."
Carl Edwards, driver, #99 Roush-Fenway Ford: "Every week the Goodyear guys work with us to make sure the tires perform well and are safe, and I'm proud that they're coming back. Goodyear not only does a great job on the race track, they do a great job with all the tires they make. I have Goodyears on my motorhome, my airplane and all my cars at home, and I wouldn't want it any other way."(Goodyear)(10-3-2011)
Tire Testing at Bristol: #9-Marcos Ambrose was one of four NASCAR Sprint Cup regulars who participated in a tire test at Bristol Motor Speedway Tuesday. With swarms of creative Goodyear engineers taking notes, Ambrose and company experimented with a variety of tire compounds. “I think our objective here is to get a tire that works on the bottom of the track and on the top. That makes for a better race,” said Ambrose, moments after his long and laborious session. #1-Jamie McMurray, #78-Regan Smith and #13-Casey Mears also took laps at BMS Tuesday. Tires were a major story at BMS last March, as numerous Sprint Cup and Nationwide teams experienced problems with a new right-side tire compound in the first practice session. Facing pressure and criticism, Goodyear officials responded the following morning by bringing in new tires which allowed drivers to go through the corners without having problems with tire wear. Tires were not an issue at BMS’ August race, though some hardcore fans complained about the lack of action. Goodyear officials have worked overtime to find the most effective tire-combination since the Car of Tomorrow was introduced in 2007. There have some headaches along the way, but the racing has remained competitive for the most part. The tire test, which is closed to the public, concluded Wednesday.(Bristol Herald Courier)(9-29-2011)
NASCAR changes Phoenix schedule; Goodyear chooses tire: NASCAR has eliminated a scheduled Sprint Cup practice on Thursday of race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway Nov. 11-13. Sprint Cup teams are scheduled to participate in an open test at Phoenix Oct. 4-5. Those testing sessions were scheduled because the track has been reconfigured and resurfaced since NASCAR's last visit. The Thursday practice apparently was eliminated because of the October testing opportunities. Teams are approaching the Phoenix race as one of the most important in the Chase not only because it is the next-to-last event but also because the new surface will make most notes from previous PIR races virtually obsolete.(SPEED)
AND: Goodyear has selected its tire for Phoenix International Raceway. Stu Grant, Goodyear’s general manager/Worldwide Racing, said that when the Sprint Cup tour returns to PIR for the two-day test, Oct. 4-5, teams will use the same left-side tires as they did at Indianapolis. They also will go with a right side similar to what they used in Indy in terms of construction, compound and mold, but with a little different gauge and tread thickness for heat resistance.(Fox Sports)(9-25-2011)
Goodyear to run "Support our Troops" tires this weekend: Goodyear will honor the U.S. Armed Forces by altering the sidewalls of its tires in this weekend's NASCAR and NHRA events. The design features a patriotic color scheme reading "Support Our Troops" on the tires that symbolically kicks off a "Goodyear Support Our Troops" initiative, an 11-week awareness and fund-raising effort designed to generate support for military families. Goodyear is the official tire sponsor of NASCAR and NHRA. Race-used tires from Sunday's Sprint Cup Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway and the NHRA's O'Reilly Auto Parts Nationals at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be put up for a charity auction and signed by the drivers who used them. The second-year program invites fans to visit goodyear.com/supportourtroops for more interactive ways to get involved. All funds raised will be donated to Support Our Troops, a nonprofit nationwide organization which bolsters the morale and well-being of America's troops and their families.(USA Today)(9-15-2011)
Goodyear decides on tires after testing: Following tire tests in recent weeks at both Martinsville Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has finalized its tire combinations for the two tracks.
"We've had two very successful tests over the past couple weeks, and after having some time to go back to Akron with our entire racing group and review the data, we've come up with our race recommendations for both Martinsville and Phoenix," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "Each track presented its unique challenges, with Martinsville's concrete corners and Phoenix's repave and reconfiguration, but we had great participation and information from our test teams and feel good about what we've come up with."
The Martinsville test was held on August 16-17 with five teams -- #2 Penske Racing Dodge with Brad Keselowski, #6 Roush-Fenway Racing Ford with David Ragan, #31 Richard Childress Racing Chevy with Jeff Burton, #47 JTG-Daugherty Racing Toyota with Bobby Labonte and #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
"What we came up with at Martinsville was returning with the same left-side tire we ran there in the spring, and pairing that with the Watkins Glen tire on the right-side," said Stucker. "Many times in the past we've utilize the same tire code as our Martinsville right-side that we run on all four tire positions on the road courses. We found at this test that this Watkins Glen tire was a good fit because it provided plenty of grip while rubbering in Martinsville's concrete corners."
Phoenix provided several challenges, including being completely repaved, reconfigured and had progressive banking knocked into the corners. Those testing in the Valley of the Sun last Monday and Tuesday (August 29-30) were the #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy with Tony Stewart, #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Kyle Busch, #22 Penske Racing Dodge with Kurt Busch, #48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy with Jimmie Johnson and #99 Roush-Fenway Racing Ford with Carl Edwards.
"With all the changes at Phoenix, we knew it would be a much faster track," added Stucker. "We went to that test with our Indianapolis tire as our 'control' tire because we thought it might have many traits of a higher speed speedway with relatively flat corners. We ran through a number of different tire set-ups to explore what kind of grip we could generate. The results always came back to that control tire for consistency, grip, wear and heat resistance. What we finally decided on for Phoenix was bringing the exact Indianapolis left-side tire, with the Indianapolis compound and construction on the right side with just slightly less gage, or tread thickness, for heat resistance."
Goodyear will now build a total of 2,000 tires -- 1,000 per side -- of the Phoenix set-up for teams to use at NASCAR's open test at the track on October 4-5.
Goodyear continues its tire testing schedule with a September 27-28 session at Bristol Motor Speedway. Teams and drivers scheduled to participate in that test are the #1 Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Chevy with Jamie McMurray, #9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Marcos Ambrose, #13 Germain Racing Toyota with Casey Mears and #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevy with Regan Smith. Following Bristol, additional tire tests have already been scheduled for Auto Club Speedway on October 18 and Las Vegas Motor Speedway on November 7.(Goodyear)(9-5-2011)
Goodyear to have tire test at Bristol: Goodyear officials will return to Bristol Motor Speedway next month to continue development of a race tire suitable for the 0.533-mile concrete track, but the move is not in response to concerns following Saturday night's Irwin Tools Night Race, according to Goodyear officials. The test, scheduled for Sept. 27-28, had been planned well in advance of the race, officials said. Teams expected to participate are Earnhardt Ganassi Racing (#1-Jamie McMurray), Richard Petty Motorsports (#9-Marcos Ambrose), Germain Racing (#13-Casey Mears) and Furniture Row Racing (#78-Regan Smith). The tire used in this year's night race was the same combination for left- and right-side tires that was used in the 2010 night race. In addition, the right-side tire code was run previously this season at Auto Club Speedway and Kansas in Cup events, as well as Nashville for Nationwide and truck series races. Goodyear brought a different tire to BMS for the track's spring races this year, but was forced to change during the race weekend due to wear issues and a lack of rubber build-up on the racing surface.(Scene Daily)(8-30-2011)
Tire Testing at Phoenix UPDATE: Goodyear is conducting a tire test Monday and Tuesday (August 29-30) on Phoenix International Raceway's new surface, with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers #48-Jimmie Johnson, #14-Tony Stewart, #99-Carl Edwards, #22-Kurt Busch and #18-Kyle Busch participating. The testing sessions will be closed to the general public.(PR)(8-29-2011)
UPDATE Goodyear concludes tire test Five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers – Johnson, Edwards, Stewart, Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch – completed a two-day Goodyear tire test at Phoenix International Raceway on August 29-30. The tests ran from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day and provided NASCAR's official tire manufacturer with data and feedback on PIR's new racing surface following the August 12 completion of the track's first major paving project since 1990. The research gathered from the tests will assist Goodyear in selecting a tire for the Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at PIR on November 13. In February, Phoenix International Raceway announced details related to the 47-year old NASCAR facility's first major track pavement project since 1990. Construction began in March with the removal of the facility's former racing surface and the subsequent installation of a new race track. Monday and Tuesday's tests offered all five drivers their first runs on a new surface that included a series of changes implemented to promote side-by-side racing. One such change, the alteration of PIR's signature back-stretch dog-leg to include banking and elevation variances, improved what Kurt Busch referred to as the "fun factor" at PIR. Tickets for the Kobalt Tools 500 are available now and start at just $25. For Phoenix International Raceway tickets and information, call 866-408-RACE (7223) or visit PhoenixRaceway.com.
Race fans eager to see the stars of NASCAR take on Phoenix International Raceway's newly repaved and reconfigured 1-mile oval will have their first opportunity to do so during a Sprint Cup Series testing session at PIR on Tuesday, October 4. More info at PhoenixRaceway.com.(PIR)(8-30-2011)
UPDATE2: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has completed a two-day tire test at the freshly repaved and reconfigured Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. Goodyear held its test this past Monday and Tuesday, in preparation for PIR's Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend scheduled for November 10-13. Five teams participated in the test, including the #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy with Tony Stewart, #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Kyle Busch, #22 Penske Racing Dodge with Kurt Busch, #48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy with Jimmie Johnson and #99 Roush-Fenway Racing Ford with Carl Edwards. "First of all, thanks to all five teams and drivers for their commitment to the Phoenix test," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "Being on track at 6:30 each morning and working though 110-plus-degree temperatures was not easy. Since we were the first cars on the new surface, getting a handle on the grip level of the asphalt and the configuration of the track was a struggle for awhile, but we accumulated a large number of laps and test data over the two days. We met with all five drivers and crew chiefs together to get their collective feedback. We've still got a lot of information to digest and discuss, but we feel confident we can determine a good combination for the pre-race testing in October, and the race in November." NASCAR has scheduled an open test for all Sprint Cup Series teams at PIR on October 4.
Next up on Goodyear's test schedule is the concrete half-mile of Bristol Motor Speedway on September 27-28. Teams and drivers scheduled to participate in that test are the #1 Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Chevy with Jamie McMurray, #9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Marcos Ambrose, #13 Germain Racing Toyota with Casey Mears and #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevy with Regan Smith.(Goodyear)(8-31-2011)
Tire test ends at Martinsville UPDATE: For the second straight day, Martinsville Speedway was turned into a half-mile laboratory. #31-Jeff Burton and four other NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers – #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., #6-David Ragan, #2-Brad Keselowski and #47-Bobby Labonte – finished up a two-day tire test at Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday. The goal was to help Goodyear come up with a better racing compound for this fall's TUMS Fast Relief 500. "Goodyear is always trying to make tires better and they work hard at building different compounds, different rubbers, different constructions," said Burton who has 21 victories in 18 years of Sprint Cup racing. "They do a lot of lab testing, but really, this is the best place to test, at the race tracks. We've been picking out the tires we like and then we confirm what we like and don't like on long runs. So we've made a lot of 10 and 20-lap runs and a bunch of 75-lap runs to confirm what we like. That is our main objective to being here." With only one or two cars on the track at a time, and no real racing, tire testing seems like a monotonous exercise, but Burton says it is vital. Tickets for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on Sunday, October 30 are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(8-18-2011)
More from Goodyear: The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company completed a two-day tire test at Martinsville Speedway this week, in preparation for that track's Tums Fast Relief 500 race weekend scheduled for September 28-30. The dates came on the heels of the rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International, which was run on Monday. The Tuesday-Wednesday tire test featured five Sprint Cup teams -- #2 Penske Racing Dodge with Brad Keselowski, #6 Roush-Fenway Racing Ford with David Ragan, #31 Richard Childress Racing Chevy with Jeff Burton, #47 JTG-Daugherty Racing Toyota with Bobby Labonte and #88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy with Dale Earnhardt Jr.
"We believe we had a very successful test at Martinsville this week. First of all, thanks to all five of the teams involved for coming prepared to log a lot of laps, particularly with the quick turnaround from the rain-delayed Watkins Glen race," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing. "Most of the guys ran almost 700 laps each during the test. After our initial short runs on Tuesday, Wednesday was devoted to long runs, and we completed 14 of those among the five drivers. Our goal was to optimize the levels of grip and wear resistance with the right tire combination, and we believe we identified some good candidates to do that. Obviously, we'll have to go through the test data in more detail to finalize our recommendation, but we're confident we'll have a nice new package for the Martinsville race in October."
Next up on Goodyear's test schedule is the freshly repaved surface of Phoenix International Raceway on August 29-30. Teams and drivers scheduled to participate in that test are the #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevy with Tony Stewart, #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Kyle Busch, #22 Penske Racing Dodge with Kurt Busch, #48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy with Jimmie Johnson and #99 Roush-Fenway Ford with Carl Edwards.(Goodyear)(8-18-2011)
Martinsville Speedway Tire Test Just Another Day At The Track: Five drivers – #2-Brad Keselowski, #6-David Ragan, #47-Bobby Labonte, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. and #31-Jeff Burton – were strapped back in their racers by 10:00am/et Tuesday at Martinsville Speedway, less than 24 hours after finishing up a grueling race at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York. They were in town for a two-day Goodyear tire test, helping Goodyear improve its racing tires, and just as importantly to the drivers, perhaps gaining a little knowledge for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville on October 30. “It’s not often you get to do any testing in this sport on tracks that mean anything and obviously Martinsville means a lot to our team,” said Keselowski, who is still nursing a broken ankle from a crash a couple weeks ago. “It looks like there’s a great potential for our team to be in the Chase, so anything we can bring back here in October is important.” Early mornings are nothing new to these guys, even on the day after a long weekend at the track.
“A day like today is kind of normal for us. I’m up by 7:30 every Monday morning,” said Ragan, who was involved in a brutal crash at Watkins Glen in Monday’s rain-delayed race. “We have meetings every Monday morning at our race shop. The guys on the team are back at work at 6:30 every Monday morning. It’s what we enjoy doing. I’m glad to be at the race track.”
And the extra work this week could pay big dividends in October. “To get an opportunity to come to a race track where you have some data is a huge advantage,” said Ragan. “We ran well here in the spring. We finished seventh. This fall is an important race for us and anything we can get out of this test will be big”.
“You’re lucky if you can hit on five or 10 percent of what you’re trying to hit on and come back with it,” said Keselowski. “It’s hard to say how much it will help. We may do this whole test and not find a thing, but you got to try. I’ve had the good fortune to run three races here at the Cup level and feel like if I could grow just a little more could win one of these. Hopefully the extra seat time will help.” The Goodyear tire test will continue Wednesday at Martinsville Speedway with the same drivers. The session is open to the public at no charge. Testing will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an hour break at noon. Tickets for the TUMS Fast Relief 500 on Sunday, October 30, the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, October 29 and the NASCAR practice day on Friday, October 28 are on sale and can be purchased by calling 1.877.RACE.TIX. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(8-17-2011)
Martinsville Tire Test Open To Fans At No Charge: Martinsville Speedway's grandstands will be open to fans free-of-charge for an August 16 and 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Goodyear tire test at the historic half-mile oval. Drivers expected to be taking part in the tire test include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, David Ragan, Brad Keselowski and Bobby Labonte. The test session will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with an hour break at noon. During that break each day, Martinsville Speedway President Clay Campbell will conduct an informal question and answer session in the stands with fans. Restrooms will be open both days, but concession stands will not be operating. Fans may bring refreshments into the grandstands. Gates will open at 8 a.m. each of the two days and will remain open until 5 p.m.(Martinsville Speedway)(8-12-2011)
Goodyear schedules tire testing: After a highly successful run through the first half of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is feeling good as it returns to many of the circuit’s tracks for the stretch run and the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Throughout much of the first half of this season, Goodyear rolled in a slight construction change to many of its tires. That change came as a result of an aggressive at-track and computer modeling test program by the Akron, Ohio-based tiremaker, and was made to enhance the already robust durability of its Goodyear Racing radial tires.
Now that this modification has been integrated into the tire lineup, Goodyear now looks to offer teams a high level of consistency in the tires it brings to the track for a series of return visits. Of the 13 tracks the Sprint Cup Series runs at twice, beginning with the season’s first repeat track in Daytona Beach this past month, Goodyear will bring back the same tire set-up to 10 of those tracks – Daytona in July, Pocono this weekend, Michigan, Richmond, New Hampshire, Dover, Kansas, Charlotte, Talladega and Texas.
The exceptions are Phoenix, which is being repaved; and Bristol and Martinsville, where striking the right balance with the concrete corners requires occasional fine tuning. While the Phoenix and Martinsville tire set-ups are to be determined, the Bristol set-up is the same one that Sprint Cup teams ran at the track in August 2010.
“It is always our goal to offer consistency to teams, wherever possible. At the same time, we are always looking at how we can improve our product,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s Director of Racing. “Like over the first half of this season, when we rolled in a minor construction change to some set-ups based on some past test results, we felt that it was something that would not affect the drivers’ feel or the crew chiefs’ ability to set up the car, but would make our tires better across the board. We also have situations where conditions change between the gaps in time we visit a track. These race tracks are not under cover and are subject to some harsh weather conditions that affect the surface characteristics. As a racing group, we keep an eye on all those factors in determining when we need to return to a track to test and when we need to modify a recommendation.”
Phoenix is the highest profile track that will need a new tire recommendation because of the fact that it is currently in the final stages of being completely repaved and reconfigured.
Goodyear has on-track sessions scheduled at:
Martinsville: August 16-17
Phoenix: August 29-30
Bristol: September 27-28
Auto Club Speedway: October 18
Las Vegas: November 7
“Testing season never really ends for us at Goodyear,” said Stucker. “At this time of year we typically have several tests to confirm tire set-ups for the rest of the season, in addition to those that will help us get a jump on next year. For those, we take a lot of that data into the short off-season and continue to do some computer modeling and lab work during the winter months in order to get ready for 2012.” Between its testing program and the at-track support it offers NASCAR teams each weekend, Goodyear looks forward to a strong finish to this season and a fast start to the next.(Goodyear PR)(8-6-2011)
Drivers complete tire test at Kentucky: #16-Greg Biffle, #29-Kevin Harvick, #2-Brad Keselowski, #38-Travis Kvapil, #20-Joey Logano, #5-Mark Martin and #00-David Reutimann became acquainted with the race conditions at Kentucky Speedway Wednesday during a Goodyear tire test held just 36 days before the 107,000-seat venue makes its Sprint Cup Series debut with the July 9 "Quaker State 400." Biffle was pleased with his #16 3M Ford's setup off the hauler and the performance of the Goodyear tire compound. "We brought notes from Chicago, Kansas and basic mile-and-a-half racetracks, then, from what we did here before. We looked at all of that and picked out of a basket as to where to start. We hit it on the nailhead right out of the garage. We haven't made a lot of changes and we're running the same speed as all the guys. The track is taking rubber perfect. It's turning color and you can see the groove coming in. When we're through, you'll be able to stand in the grandstands and see the distinct black line around the racetrack where the cars are running," Biffle said. Joe Gibbs Racing's Logano, the only driver to reel off three consecutive NNS pole awards and 300-mile race victories at the track, also gave the tire compound solid reviews. "Goodyear brought one tire here, basically reassuring themselves that this is the tire they want. They've never had tire issues here before with the Nationwide Series, so I don't see this one being a problem. The tire isn't putting too much rubber down and I feel like it has decent grip."(Kentucky Speedway PR)(6-2-2011)
Tire testing at Kentucky June 1st: #16-Greg Biffle, #29-Kevin Harvick, #2-Brad Keselowski, #38-Travis Kvapil, #20-Joey Logano, #5-Mark Martin and #00-David Reutimann are scheduled to test Goodyear tire compounds in preparation for Kentucky Speedway's July 9 "Quaker State 400" on Wednesday, June 1.
Kentucky Speedway will become the first new venue on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule since 2001 when the inaugural 43-car "Quaker State 400" field takes the green flag at 7:30 p.m., July 9. Fans can reserve tickets, Fan Zone Pit Road passes, Fan Zone Prerace passes for a "Quaker State 400" race day concert with country music artist Clay Walker and Sprint Cup driver introductions in addition to Pit Road Club hospitality tickets online at kentuckyspeedway.com, by phone at 888-652-7223 or by visiting the Kentucky Speedway offices.(5-28-2011)
Tire worker injured at CMS: A tire company employee was injured Tuesday morning at Charlotte Motor Speedway after falling off a pickup truck in the garage area. The Huggins Tire Sales employee, Marvin Near, fell from the back of a slow-moving pickup as it was delivering Goodyear racing tires for this weekend's NASCAR races, according to a statement by Goodyear officials. Near was transported by ambulance to Carolinas Medical Center-Northeast, where he remained Thursday night. The accident occurred about 11:45 a.m. Tuesday and was investigated by Concord Police. No charges have been filed.(Charlotte Observer)(5-27-2011)
Drivers complete Brickyard tire test: UPDATE: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, #22-Kurt Busch, #16-Greg Biffle, #27-Paul Menard and #56-Martin Truex Jr. got a head start on preparations for the 2011 Brickyard 400 by participating in a Goodyear tire test May 3-4 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Menard said drivers and teams still gained plenty of important data and experience despite a high temperature of only 60, at least 20 degrees cooler than the probable Race Day temperature in July. "It was good," Menard said. "Goodyear is trying a bunch of different things, and we hit on a couple things that will hopefully make a great race even better come July. It's a nice, cool day, and we'll come back in July and it'll be really hot, so times will be a lot slower. You have to take that into account in what you do as a driver and kind of set up trends that we learn today and tomorrow that we'll apply for July, for sure."(IMS PR)(5-5-2011)
UPDATE: After two days of testing earlier this week at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Goodyear has decided to use the same tread compound at this year's Brickyard 400 that drivers raced on in 2010, Stu Grant, Goodyear's general manager of worldwide racing, told Sporting News. Grant said the tire maker was opting for a known quantity in the tread compound, one that produced a problem-free race won by Jamie McMurray last year. In keeping with what Goodyear has done at many tracks this season, there will be a slight construction change to the tires supplied at Indy. The right-side tires will be slightly smaller, with an eye toward improved handling. The left sides will feature a mold shape change to preserve the stagger (the relationship to the right-side tires).(Sporting News)(5-8-2011)
Testing at Indy next week: Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington-led #22 Penske Racing team are among those teams testing for Goodyear at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week (May 4-5) in preparation for the July 31 Brickyard 400. They will have their “PRS-750” and “PRS-738” Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Chargers on hand for the testing. “The ‘750’ is a brand new car and the ‘738’ is the car we raced at Phoenix,” said crew chief Addington. “This is one of the most important tests of the season and we’re happy that we’ll be one of the teams there helping out our friends at Goodyear.”(Tom Roberts PR). other teams scheduled to test: #21-Bayne (Ford), #27-Menard (Chevy), #42-Montoya (Chevy), #56-Truex Jr. (Toyota)(4-27-2011)
Construction work at Kentucky Speedway affects testing: Construction work at Kentucky Speedway has prompted a two-day IndyCar test to be canceled and pushed back a NASCAR tire test to be pushed back. The IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights had an open test planned for May 9-10 at the track. Teams were notified about the cancellation Wednesday and told IndyCar is looking into scheduling a one-day test at a similar oval. Goodyear invited seven NASCAR Sprint Cup teams to a May 17 test at Kentucky Speedway to confirm the tire setup for the inaugural Quaker State 400 on July 9. That tire test now will take place June 1. The date change could affect the driver lineup. As of last week it included #16-Greg Biffle (Roush Fenway Racing, Ford), #29-Kevin Harvick (Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet), #2-Brad Keselowski (Penske Racing, Dodge), #38-Travis Kvapil (Front Row Motorsports, Ford), #20-Joey Logano (Joe Gibbs Racing, Toyota), #5-Mark Martin (Hendrick Motorsports, Chevrolet) and #00-David Reutimann (Michael Waltrip Racing, Toyota).
The culprit isn't the racing surface but construction going on around it. The rescheduling comes after crews recently removed the inside retaining wall from the exit of pit road, through Turns 1 and 2, and down much of the backstretch. "We're doing some grading there and also putting in a new wall with the SAFER barrier," Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Bruton Smith said. "This is just to make it better and safer. That's what it's all about." Workers framed the pit stalls earlier this week and poured concrete Thursday. While The pit stalls will be concrete, but pit road itself will be asphalt. The changes are part of a massive effort to get the track ready for its Sprint Cup debut, and to handle the more than 100,000 fans expected to attend the July 9 race. "I think we've made some great strides," Smith said. "We've improved parking tremendously and the road system a great deal. Adding 12 more elevators and the extra camping and concessions and souvenirs, all the things we're doing there to accommodate the crowd, that's what we're about."(Cincinnati Enquirer)(4-22-2011)
Tire testing at Dover: hearing that #24-Jeff Gordon, #43-A.J. Allmendinger and #11-Denny Hamlin are Goodyear tire testing at Dover International Speedway, Tuesday, April 19th. Also Brett Moffit is testing his NASCAR K&N Pro Series car. Rain could postpone or scuttle the test.(4-19-2011)
Tire issues again...this time at Martinsville: For the second time in three weeks, there are tire issues at a half-mile track hosting a Sprint Cup race. Unlike three weeks ago at Bristol Motor Speedway, where tires wore out in 25 laps or less, Goodyear does not plan to bring in a different compound for Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway. But there are concerns among the drivers and teams because the surface is not rubbering in and the tires are showing extreme wear after 25 to 35 laps, some sooner. Goodyear officials said they switched compounds for Martinsville because the left-side on the old tire was "graining." To offset the tougher new left side, they made the right side softer to provide more grip. What they didn't count on was cooler than normal temperatures -- in the mid-40s Friday -- that made it tough for heat to build up. They are confident, with warmer conditions expected Sunday, that there will be no issues. Sprint Cup series director John Darby said there is no tire problem. "Here's what we know: The tire is different than what it was last year. The tire's not failing," Darby said. "The tire has some different driveability characteristics that everybody is dealing with. But it's a combination of a tougher left side and softer ride side, so the cars feel different. It's hard to make a judgment either way right now. We'll see what 500 laps of racing does."(ESPN)(4-3-2011)
Goodyear plans to use California tire at Bristol in fall: Goodyear plans to bring the right-side tire that teams used in Sunday's race to Bristol in August. Goodyear officials brought a different right-side tire to Bristol last week, but it didn't rubber the track as quickly as hoped and caused tire issues. So, a different batch of tires was brought and Nationwide and Cup teams raced with those. Stucker said they're confident in the California tire and don't plan to test at Bristol before the August race. Goodyear is scheduled to test at Dover on April 19 to confirm the tire selection for that race. Goodyear is scheduled to test April 26-27 at Indianapolis with Juan Pablo Montoya, MartinTruex Jr., Kurt Busch, Trevor Bayne and the Richard Childress Racing team. Goodyear also is scheduled to test at Kentucky on May 17 in preparation for that track's first Cup race in July.(Virginian-Pilot)(3-28-2011)
New tire working good at Bristol: Reaction to the new right-side tires Goodyear introduced to Sprint Cup teams Saturday was mixed, but everyone agreed the biggest concern that forced the change has been fixed. "It lasts," said Mark Martin, who was fastest in the final practice. "There's not as much grip, and handling is not as good, but it will last. That's what we had to have." Goodyear made the decision to change early Friday because the new, softer compound brought to the half-mile track was severely chording, to the point the tires were wearing out in 25 to 30 laps -- far less than the 135 laps needed for a full fuel run. The right-side combination also was not rubbering up the track properly. "The track obviously is taking on more rubber," Goodyear's Rick Heinrich said after practice. "The tire wear projects to a full fuel run." Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president for competition, was happy with the new tires that produced speeds of about half a second slower. "It's fine," he said. "It's a little bit different, but the important thing is we're in a position now to react faster than ever before." Heinrich said each team will have one set of tires made in February 2010 and eight sets made in September 2010. Most teams didn't practice with the new tires until late in Saturday's second practice. (ESPN)(3-20-2011)
Some teams may only change tires...once in the Daytona 500? Goodyear's director of racing Greg Stucker was asked point blank, "Has Goodyear developed the perfect race tire?" He smiled, accepted the compliment then chose his words carefully. "We're very happy," Stucker said. "Let's put it that way." The fact is, Goodyear has worked on the 2011 Speed Weeks/Daytona 500 tire since May 2010, just weeks after the announcement Daytona International Speedway would be repaved. It was worth the effort. Not only do these stock-car tires not generate heat, they don't wear out. Sprint Cup teams have spent virtually no money on tires. Few cars changed tires in the 62- and 60-lap Gatorade Duel At Daytona qualifying races on Thursday. Many of those tires still looked fresh after 150 miles of wear. "Tire wear is basically nonexistent," Stucker said. "Guys could have gone further in the Duel. We know that guys who ran tires in the Duel ran them again in Friday practice to put a few more laps on them." There is talk that some teams may elect to go the distance on one set of tires today. The tandem or love-bug drafting has not created problems for the tire. One of the reasons the Cup cars can run in a two-car draft is because of the their grip. Since there is no sign of tire wear after a 150-mile run, there will be one or two teams that try to push the envelope to gain track position.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-20-2011)
How Goodyear came up with the Daytona 500 tire: Goodyear tire company recently out out a press release about how they came up with the tire for the Daytona 500, see it at PRnewswire.com - Goodyear Answers Challenge of Daytona International Speedway Repave. Also, see Goodyear's video at their YouTube page that tells the story of Goodyear's tire development process.(2-16-2011)
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