GOODYEAR TO DEBUT 10.5W OUTLAW DRAG RACING TIRE AT CAROLINA DRAGWAY
AKRON, Ohio (July 18, 2005) -- The latest member of Goodyear's long line of drag racing tires will hit the strip soon and the new product is aimed at one of the fastest-growing segments of the sport: The Outlaw Racing Street Car Association's 10.5 Outlaw Class.
A coming-out party is planned for the July 30-31 ORSCA event at Carolina Dragway in Jackson, S.C.
Known by its nickname, 10.5W, the new tire measures 33 inches tall and its tread is 11.6 inches. It is a bias-ply racing slick, mounts on a 15-inch wheel and has a 104-inch circumference. The tire has Goodyear's D4B tread compound. The 10.5W tread width designation is mandated for the class by the sanctioning body.
Carolyn Ashbee, Goodyear's sales and marketing manager for drag racing, said the testing results point out several areas where the new tire has an advantage over the competition.
"It appears our new tire has significantly increased tread life compared to our competition," Ashbee said. "We're seeing better performance, too. We think this tire will catch on in Outlaw racing very quickly."
The ORSCA has eight classes and its brand of racing is very popular in the Southeastern United States. The cars in the 10.5 Outlaw class must weigh 3,000 pounds. They use engines that are turbocharged, blown or boosted by nitrous oxide. The cars race heads up, without a handicapping system.
Other sanctioning bodies have similar classes and the 10.5W will be available to drivers in those organizations as well.
ORSCA drivers Mike Hill, Gil Mobley and Joey Martin are among the handful that have been part of the development process for the 10.5W.
"I think it's going to be good," Hill said. "We've got a lot of Outlaw people waiting to try this tire."
Hill lives in Atlanta, Ga. and drives a 2002 Ford Mustang with a 731 cubic inch engine. Assisted by nitrous oxide, the car develops about 2,100 horsepower.
Mobley lives in Dayton, Maryland and drives a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. He said of the 10.5W, "I like that tire."
Goodyear is not new to ORSCA racing. The tiremaker's D1790 rear drive tire, which measures 30 inches tall and has a 10.5-inch tread width, also mounts on a 15-inch wheel and is used in other ORSCA classes. It also has the D4B tread compound.
"The D1790 has performed well," Ashbee said. "It is a shorter tire than the 10.5W and is used in OSCRA as well as many other drag racing organizations."
Along with the debut of the 10.5W tire, Goodyear will have prototype displays of their new Goodyear and Dunlop DOT drag radial tires. A full compliment of engineers and marketing representatives will be on hand to mark the event.
For innovation and reliability, Goodyear is the drag racing leader.