Indianapolis: Dodge team quote on tire wear

CHRIS CARRIER (Crew Chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger) WHAT EXACTLY IS THE PROBLEM WITH THE CURRENT TIRE? "The problem is that you have a 3,500 lb. racecar with a lot of horsepower that doesn't handle real well going around a 2.5 mile track...

CHRIS CARRIER (Crew Chief, No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger)

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE PROBLEM WITH THE CURRENT TIRE? "The problem is that you have a 3,500 lb. racecar with a lot of horsepower that doesn't handle real well going around a 2.5 mile track that has flat corners with an abrasive surface. Asking anybody to build a tire and come to this place and run two days of practice for a 400 mile race with the weight of these racecars, horsepower and amount of load is like asking somebody to invade Russia with a loaded shotgun. It's pretty hard to do. Everybody is concerned about it."

HOW MANY LAPS CAN YOU RUN BEFORE YOU ARE STARTING TO SEE SIGNIFICANT TIRE WEAR? "Right now, we're getting about eight or nine laps out of a set of tires and then the right-front is usually corded. On our Mobil 1 Dodge, we've only seen the right-front start to cord. We've seen a little bit on the right-rear. The left sides are fine. I think the right-front (tire) is going to be the one all the crew-chiefs are going to be concerned with because it does the most work and has the most load. That's the tire that is under the most pressure and gains the most heat. I can promise you, no matter what they do, the first time we try to make a gas run tomorrow, (over 25 laps) there are going to be some nervous people on pit row."

-credit: dodge motorsports

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