OPEN TIRE TEST FOR ASA AND BFGOODRICH Lakeland, FL - The first "Open Tire Test" for American Speed Association drivers utilizing the newly developed BFGoodrich racing radial was successfully completed the weekend of November 12-14 at USA ...
OPEN TIRE TEST FOR ASA AND BFGOODRICH
Lakeland, FL - The first "Open Tire Test" for American Speed Association drivers utilizing the newly developed BFGoodrich racing radial was successfully completed the weekend of November 12-14 at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, FL.
BFGoodrich Tires, which recently announced a newly formed partnership with ASA, hosted the test at the three-quarter-mile oval. A total of twenty-one current and future ASA teams made the journey to Florida to take part in the test, which included a pair of VORTEC RED ASA 5700 powered cars.
"This BFGoodrich tire is going to be an excellent racing tire for ASA in the year 2000 and beyond," commented Gary St. Amant, who handled driving duties with the VORTEC RED V8-powered cars at the test. St. Amant, the 1998 ASA ACDelco Challenge Series cham pion, was the primary test driver during the development of the BFGoodrich radial tire over the course of 1999.
"The BFGoodrich Tires engineers designed the tire so that the characteristics of the new tire are not all that much different than what we've been running," St. Amant continued. "The biggest differences I've noticed are in the feel of control in the corne rs, and the lack of wear. It's a good tire and will make for some great racing!"
Several other drivers echoed St. Amant's high praise, including veteran Mike Miller, who was trying out the new tire for the very first time.
"My first reaction is I like them very much," Miller offered. "We ran upwards of 100 laps (on the first set) and my fastest times came late in the run. That's just really great. I believe the durability and repeatability are excellent characteristics in the tire."
Although Miller adapted to the new tire very quickly, he admitted there might be a transitional period for some, until they can learn the right setup for the car.
"I guess there will be a learning curve for myself and for some others," said Miller, who drives the Jani-King Grand Prix on the ASA circuit. "Initially, the car got loose after a few laps, but we had the setup wrong. Once we made a few minor adjustments, we got real comfortable, real fast, and as the day went on, we got faster and faster. In fact, I think our fastest lap came on our second- or third- last-lap of the day!"
Unofficially, the fastest lap of the test was turned by Miller, who toured the USA International Speedway oval in 21.33 seconds. Rick Johnson, 1999 ASA Rookie of the Year, posted the second quickest lap of the weekend at 21.34 seconds, followed by Tristan Dupuis and St. Amant in the VORTEC RED car, at 21.4 seconds. The ASA one-lap track record was set by Scott Hansen at 21.009 in 1996.