AKRON, Ohio (July 15, 2003) -- Goodyear Racing announced today that the company will implement an on-going test program on the rear drive tires used in the National Hot Rod Association's Top Fuel class. The testing will begin during the July 18-20 Mile High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colo.

The test program is the result of Goodyear's long-standing policy of maintaining a forward-looking development agenda.

The equipment involved in the test will include state-of-the-art Global Positioning Satellite data acquisition computers working in concert with sensors already in use by NHRA Top Fuel teams. More equipment, using software and algorithms specially designed by Goodyear engineers, will be able to graph the slip factor on each quarter-mile pass by the car involved in the test.

At Bandimere, the car involved in the test will be the one owned by Don Prudhomme and driven by defending national champion Larry Dixon. Other Top Fuel and Funny Car class teams will be included during the remainder of the season.

"Goodyear is always looking to improve the durability and performance of its Top Fuel and Funny Car tires," said Carolyn Ashbee, sales and marketing manager for drag racing. "This program that our race tire engineers have put together should go a long way to help that effort". After collecting data during a number of runs, trends can be noted and compared with variables such as elapsed time, G-forces, velocity, tire temperature, or any other indicator of the operating environment. In an ever changing and continually progressing application, this testing will be used, along with other proprietary methods, to help Goodyear engineers proactively develop the Goodyear Top Fuel and Funny Car tire.

"We want to better understand the operating environment of the D1486 Top Fuel Tire," Ashbee said. "More specifically, the amount of slippage the tire is subjected to throughout the run will be studied and databased. Then the tire slippage can be plotted versus time much like what is done with engine rpm or G forces."

Goodyear is the world's most successful racing tire producer. The company is the exclusive tire provider for the NHRA's Top Fuel and Funny Car classes.