Daytona 24: Goodyear Racing preview

Goodyear-equipped teams seek 39th 24-hour race victory. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2004) -- Everyone likes to start a new year off on the right foot and that has been Goodyear's history. When the field rolls off the grid to start this year's...

Goodyear-equipped teams seek 39th 24-hour race victory.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2004) -- Everyone likes to start a new year off on the right foot and that has been Goodyear's history. When the field rolls off the grid to start this year's first major event, the 2004 Rolex 24 at Daytona, Goodyear will be seeking its 29th victory in the 42-year history of the race.

"That's why we like winning this thing so much," said Bob Shaffer, Goodyear 's marketing manager, sports car racing. "The atmosphere surrounding the first race of the season is always very exciting."

Goodyear is the exclusive tire provider for the powerful Daytona Prototype class, the fastest cars in the Rolex Sports Car Series. The class made its debut in 2003 and this year 19 prototype cars are expected to start the 24-hour event.

Goodyear's record stands alone in endurance racing. The tiremaker's record of 38 victories in the world's most famous 24-hour races, the Rolex 24 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, is unmatched. Add in an industry-best total of 19 wins in the famed 12 Hours of Sebring race and Goodyear's total is an amazing 57 victories.

Goodyear-equipped cars have won 28 times in the Rolex 24 at Daytona history. The first four races in the series were less than 24 hours long and were won by Goodyear-shod entrants. The twice-around-the-clock Daytona test forces the racers to cope with virtually every climatic condition, from strong Florida sunshine to the cool winter nights. Wet weather is always a possibility. Goodyear will provide six different construction and tread compound variations for the race, totaling 1,700 tires.

"The difficult nature of the race usually gives the teams a chance to use just about every construction and compound variation we have in our Rolex Series tire lineup," said Shaffer. "And that is where our experience comes into play. No tiremaker can match our history at this track and our experience gives the competitors a powerful resource."

Defending Daytona Prototype champion driver champion Terry Borcheller was among those taking part in the annual pre-season test at Daytona in early January. Borcheller will co-drive a Chevrolet Doran campaigned by Bell Motorsports.

"We've been working very closely with Goodyear," Borcheller said. "It's great to have them as the spec tire because you can count on consistency and a great group of people to work with. Bob Shaffer is such a pleasure to work with. He really makes the experience a good one." Borcheller will share the driving duties with veterans Forest Barber and Andy Pilgrim.

History has shown that for dependability and performance, no tiremaker matches Goodyear.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Terry Borcheller , Forest Barber