GOODYEAR FAST FACTS FOR THE 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY, 3.56-mile road course DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 4-5 NOTES AND QUOTES: ** Much of the pre-race attention has been centered upon the Goodyear-equipped Chevrolet ...
GOODYEAR FAST FACTS FOR THE 24 HOURS OF DAYTONA
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY, 3.56-mile road course
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 4-5
NOTES AND QUOTES:
** Much of the pre-race attention has been centered upon the Goodyear-equipped Chevrolet Corvette driven by the team of seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, his son Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kelly Collins and Andy Pilgrim. However, Goodyear engineers will bring 4,000 Goodyear Sports Car Radials to Daytona Beach to supply cars in the five racing divisions competing in the prestigious event.
** The Earnhardt-Earnhardt-Collins-Pilgram team will be part of a two-Corvette team challenging for the victory in the GTS division. The other entrant will be piloted by Ron Fellows, Chris Kneifel, Franck Freon and Johnny O'Connell. Goodyear will provide four tire compounds, including the Goodyear rain tire, for the GTS racers. "We would love to see Corvette in the Winner's Circle," said Bob Shaffer, Marketing Manager for Sports Car Racing. "We're behind them 100 percent to win their first Daytona 24 Hours."
** The Dyson Racing Team, competing in the SRP division, looks for its third victory in the 24-hour race. Using Ford power, the team will bolt Goodyears on its Riley-Scott chassis. The drivers include James Weaver, Andy Wallace and Butch Leitzinger. Like the GTS group, the SRP division will be aided by four different Goodyear compounds, including a rain tire.
** The Earnhardt-Earnhardt team is one of the most celebrated pairings of American racers since A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti raced a Porsche together in a six-hour race at the now defunct Riverside International Raceway back in the mid 1980s. Foyt and Andretti, by the way, used Goodyear tires that day.
** Few races around the world put the stress on a tire like the 24-Hour race at Daytona. The combination of the infield road course and a portion of the famed superspeedway make a most unusual set of challenges. "Daytona puts special demands on a tire with the banking and the difficult weather conditions during the 24 hours," said Shaffer.