GOODYEAR SUPPORTS TIRE CHOICE FOR NASCAR'S LONGEST RACE AKRON, Ohio, May 23, 2006--Comments from Greg Stucker, Goodyear director of race tire sales and marketing: Q: Describe the tire to be used this weekend for the Busch and Nextel ...
GOODYEAR SUPPORTS TIRE CHOICE FOR NASCAR'S LONGEST RACE
AKRON, Ohio, May 23, 2006--Comments from Greg Stucker, Goodyear director of race tire sales and marketing:
Q: Describe the tire to be used this weekend for the Busch and Nextel Cup races. How has it changed?
A: We have a completely redesigned right side tire. It utilizes a new mold shape to address the tremendous loads that we measured in our tire test last fall. When this is combined with our harder tread compound, we get the more conservative setup.
Q: How did these tires perform, from your perspective, in last weekend's All-Star events?
A: We continue to see what we expected from our Goodyear Eagle tires in terms of tire wear, temperatures and appearance following last weekend's NASCAR racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Because of the new track surface and the changing conditions that you expect to experience between day and night racing, our tire selection was designed to err on the side of safety.
Q: Some drivers and teams have said your tires are too hard and cause handling problems due to less grip. What is your reaction to this?
A: Things went well in our recent tire tests, as well as throughout all of the racing activities last weekend. We're seeing that the conservative nature of these tires may require some teams to make changes in car setups and some drivers might have to adjust their driving styles.
Q: What challenges do the new track surface present?
A: The fact is that during the day, the sun brings out some of the oil in the fresh asphalt, causing it to get slick. We recognize that. But, overall, new pavement generates a lot of grip and a lot of heat. We must design a tire that works for all 43 different cars and drivers racing in both the daytime and in cooler evening conditions.
Q: How does the racing change as the sun goes down and it gets cooler at a night race?
A: We know the cars will be faster at night than during the heat of the day. We saw this last weekend. While teams are able to change setups from afternoon to evening, the tire has to work in all conditions, so that may necessitate the need for car setup and driving style adjustments.
Q: What do you anticipate as we head into NASCAR's longest race on Sunday?
A: We're comfortable with what we've seen with our tire recommendation and feel very good going into next weekend's Busch Series race and Nextel Cup Coca-Cola 600.