Goodyear Charlotte LMS tire test 2006-04-04

GOODYEAR TIRE TEST UPDATE FOR LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY A successful second Goodyear race tire test was held Tuesday, April 4, on the new track surface at Lowe's Motor Speedway in preparation for the May NASCAR races, according to Goodyear race...

GOODYEAR TIRE TEST UPDATE FOR LOWE'S MOTOR SPEEDWAY

A successful second Goodyear race tire test was held Tuesday, April 4, on the new track surface at Lowe's Motor Speedway in preparation for the May NASCAR races, according to Goodyear race tire engineers.

Data collection and driver input confirmed the choice of tougher, more durable tire compounds on the right and left sides which reduced grip, slowed lap times, reduced tire temperatures and wear, noted Rick Campbell, team leader for NASCAR tire development. The new tire construction is exclusive to the Lowe's track.

Drivers Kevin Harvick and Dale Jarrett both were pleased with the tire performance. Lap times indicated there could be a slower race pace than anticipated, as compared to a week-earlier test held with Harvick, Bobby Labonte, Scott Riggs, Jimmie Johnson and Bobby Hamilton Jr.

The tires ran cool and the rate of tire wear indicated by the test is expected to exceed a normal fuel stop, as evidenced by Jarrett's test run of more than 80 laps on one set, which could have gone farther.

NASCAR Nextel Cup open team testing with the new tires is scheduled for May 1-3.

-goodyear racing

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Kevin Harvick , Bobby Hamilton Jr. , Jimmie Johnson , Scott Riggs