WWS: Phoenix: Goodyear Racing - Jim Inglebright spotlight

Winston West driver Inglebright happy with Goodyear tires. AKRON, Ohio (Feb. 5, 2003) -- NASCAR Winston West Series driver Jim Inglebright understands the importance of the tires on his racecars and he likes the Goodyear tires he raced on ...

Winston West driver Inglebright happy with Goodyear tires.

AKRON, Ohio (Feb. 5, 2003) -- NASCAR Winston West Series driver Jim Inglebright understands the importance of the tires on his racecars and he likes the Goodyear tires he raced on successfully in the 2003 NASCAR Winston West Series season opener at Phoenix International Raceway.

Inglebright has raced motorcycles, cars and trucks in his career and has frequently been a winner. He finished third in the Bosch Spark Plug 150, while making his debut with Bill McAnally Racing.

"We probably could have run the whole race on the same set of tires," Inglebright said. "We needed fuel, so we changed tires."

This season marks the 50th for the Winston West Series. It is the oldest stock car racing series in the Western United States. Goodyear has been a part of the Series for most of that time. This year, for the first time, the Winston West Series and the Busch North Series will share a common set of rules. Goodyear is the exclusive tire provider for both Series.

NASCAR's dedication to the two series is clear. They have been grouped together under the banner of the Grand National Division. "This represents a bold new direction for NASCAR's regional racing program," said Chris Boals, NASCAR's director of regional tours.

Goodyear's dedication to the two series is also clear.

"The regional tours of NASCAR have been a large part of our short track racing program," said Greg Stucker, director, racing tire sales and marketing. "We are very pleased to continue that association through both the Busch North Series and the Winston West Series."

Goodyear is also the exclusive tire provider for NASCAR's Winston Cup Series, Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series.

Inglebright will campaign one of two McAnally cars this season. The other car will be driven by Austin Cameron. A former Featherlite Southwest Series competitor, Inglebright has limited his racing in recent seasons to spot appearances in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and he has won the last two Southwest Series races at Infineon Raceway at Sears Point. That background has allowed him to observe the development in bias-ply racing tires.

"The sidewalls are better now," Inglebright said. "There is not as much flex in the tires. They are more durable."

Inglebright said the characteristics of Goodyear's bias-ply tires made for exciting racing at Phoenix. "A bias-ply tire is more forgiving that a radial tire," he said. "You can hustle the car more. Drivers like that."

During the race, the drivers were able to charge around the Phoenix oval, at times racing three cars abreast. Inglebright started 11th and steadily moved toward the front after an early pit stop.

"The tires were real good," Inglebright said. "The performance didn't fall off."

Jim Inglebright and other NASCAR racers know they can depend upon Goodyear for competitive, dependable tires.

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Drivers Jim Inglebright , Austin Cameron