Goodyear Racing news 2009-08-26

TOBENER: GOODYEAR'S 275/60-R15 DRAG RADIAL MAKES CAR QUICKER AKRON, Ohio (Aug. 26, 2009) -- Goodyear Racing's recent announcement that it is adding to its line of Eagle SS DOT radial drag racing tires has become a hot button news...

TOBENER: GOODYEAR'S 275/60-R15 DRAG RADIAL MAKES CAR QUICKER

AKRON, Ohio (Aug. 26, 2009) -- Goodyear Racing's recent announcement that it is adding to its line of Eagle SS DOT radial drag racing tires has become a hot button news item among racers.

Goodyear's first release, a 275/60-R15 offering, will be available by the end of August. The tire, the D4305, can be ordered through Goodyear Racing distributors across the country. A list of distributors is available at www.racegoodyear.com.

Bart Tobener, the Georgia-based racing veteran, tested the D4305 earlier this summer at South Georgia Motorsports Park and says his car is faster with the new Goodyear than it was before.

"I got a lot of attention at the first race with those tires," Tobener said. "Two people wanted to go pick up a set (of Goodyears) right away. A lot of people looked."

Tobener's 1993 Ford Mustang paces the quarter mile in about 8.5 seconds and hits speeds up to about 145 mph. Tobener's car, which races in the Renegade class of the National Mustang Racing Association, weighs about 3,100 pounds and develops about 1,000 horsepower. He also races in the Xtreme Street class of the National Muscle Car Association and in the Outlaw Radial Tire Championship.

The D4305 performs well on hot, slick drag strips. The tire has a completely new construction and includes technology recently developed by Goodyear, for decades the leader in drag racing tire innovation. The new line of DOT drag radials has reaped the benefits of the tiremaker's progressive approach to the sport.

Tobener was fastest in qualifying for the recent NMRA event at zMAX Raceway in Charlotte, N.C. He said the track temperature was nearly 140 degrees when he made his first qualifying run with an ambient temperature of 96 degrees.

"That's about as hot and greasy as we can get," Tobener said. "This tire Goodyear has works very well. They got it right. After the second round of qualifying, I was two-tenths of a second quicker than the next guy."

Tobener advanced to the semi-final round of eliminations at Charlotte before a mechanical problem slowed his car.

Company officials expect a 315/60-R15 DOT drag radial to be the next new offering available. The tiremaker expects to have seven more sizes available this fall in 15- and 16- and 17-inch bead diameters.

-credit: goodyear racing

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