RACE: Goodyear Racing news 2010-05-13

LACKEY LOOKING FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN ON GOODYEAR EAGLE RS TIRES VALLEJO, Calif. (May 13, 2010) -- Winning an automobile race is one of the toughest assignments in all of sports, especially in the world of amateur sports car racing....

LACKEY LOOKING FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN ON GOODYEAR EAGLE RS TIRES

VALLEJO, Calif. (May 13, 2010) -- Winning an automobile race is one of the toughest assignments in all of sports, especially in the world of amateur sports car racing. Usually the driver also has done the mechanical work on the car and a victory is confirmation of good wrench work as well as driving skill.

Win two straight and you've really done something. Extend your streak to three races and you start making friends very easily.

California's Bill Lackey can win his fourth consecutive Sports Car Club of America race later this month when he returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for a regional race at the famed track. Lackey drives a 1993 Mazda RX7 in the ITE class. The ITE class does not compete at the national levels of SCCA racing, but Lackey's car has something in common with the majority of the SCCA's national champions through the decades: Goodyear tires.

"It's almost a run-what-you-brung class," Lackey explained. "We're generally faster than GT2 cars and almost as fast as the GT1 cars. You have to use DOT (approved) tires and a production chassis."

Lackey's tires are part of Goodyear's Eagle RS line for sports car racing. The radial tires in this group are the most technologically advanced tires of their kind and they have generated a following among drivers and teams.

"They seem to heat cycle a lot better," Lackey said. "They liked a little more air pressure and a little less camber than what I was used to. I have some friends that run them as well."

Lackey uses Goodyear's D4299 tire on the front and the D4311 on the rear. The D4299 is a P295/30ZR18 tire and the D4311 is a P335/30ZR18. Both are equipped with Goodyear's very successful DOT racing tread compound.

It was his friends who suggested Lackey try a set of Eagle RS tires. Lackey said the tires perform very well through the entire lifespan of the tire. He said he has used the same four tires during his entire win streak and that he'll have them on the car again when he tries for his fourth straight win.

The first win came at California's Thunderhill Raceway Park in April and Lackey won twice in one weekend in May at Laguna Seca. He said the idea of winning his third straight race didn't occur to him until the second Laguna Seca race was over.

"It didn't go through my mind (during the third race)," Lackey said. "The only thing in my mind was, 'It looks like I have a good gap (lead over the second place car), I'd better slow down. I want to finish this race.'"

He finished and now has a chance to win his fourth straight race.

A California native, Lackey lives with wife Tammy in Vallejo. He works in the factory automation industry. Tammy also races, though with a different sanctioning body.

More information about Goodyear Racing is available at www.racegoodyear.com.

-source: goodyear racing

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