AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 2, 2001 - An agreement announced today in Daytona Beach, Fla., by the Grand American Road Racing Association makes race tires from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and from its Dunlop Tyres Ltd operation exclusive to the ...
AKRON, Ohio, Nov. 2, 2001 - An agreement announced today in Daytona Beach, Fla., by the Grand American Road Racing Association makes race tires from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and from its Dunlop Tyres Ltd operation exclusive to the series through 2004.
"We're extremely pleased at this opportunity to combine and showcase our Goodyear Eagle and Dunlop brand tires in Grand-Am's strong and exciting Rolex Sports Car Series," said Greg Stucker, director of Goodyear race tire sales and marketing.
"This multi-year agreement, which is similar to Goodyear's exclusive tire status with NASCAR's top three stock car racing series, offers many benefits. Most of all, it ensures that the same high-quality product is available to all competitors and puts them on an even playing field," Stucker added. "In addition, the accompanying marketing opportunities and team awards are a bonus."
The program takes effect at the 2002 season-opener January tests at Daytona. Goodyear will be the sole supplier of radial tires to the SportsRacing Prototype I and GTS classes and will provide both radials and bias-ply tires to the American GT class. The company's Dunlop brand will be exclusive on the SportsRacing Prototype II and GT classes.
"Under this arrangement, Goodyear will take a minimum of two rubber compounds to every race along with a full rain tire for teams in the three classes using our rubber," said Bob Shaffer, marketing manager for sports cars. "At the same time, we can fine tune our planning, production and tire testing programs, and we can better plan for which tires we will use at each race."
Both Goodyear and Dunlop brands have a long and successful history in sports car racing.
Goodyear's major emphasis in the United States includes more than four decades of involvement in the Daytona 24-hour classic, including the GTS class win and the overall victory with Corvette in 2001. Running on Goodyear radials, Rob Dyson Racing won the SRI class and overall title in the 1999 season.
For Dunlop, the Grand-Am deal is an opportunity to increase awareness of the brand in America, according to Gary Wassell, general sales manager-motorsport. "American racers and race fans will get to understand just how good our tires are."
This weekend, Goodyear is watching action in the season finale at Daytona, as the Goodyear Eagle-shod Dyson team could see driver James Weaver win the drivers' championship and owner Rob Dyson wrap up the team owners' SRI championship.