PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 10, 2004) â€“ Variety is the spice of life and, during the Food City 250 Grand American Road Racing Association Rolex Sports Car Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, the range of tire choices available to the Daytona...
PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 10, 2004) – Variety is the spice of life and, during the Food City 250 Grand American Road Racing Association Rolex Sports Car Series race at Phoenix International Raceway, the range of tire choices available to the Daytona Prototype class, plus Goodyear’s standard of reliability, spiced up an already exciting race.
Goodyear is the exclusive tire supplier for the Daytona Prototype class. The tiremaker brought 1,000 tires to PIR for the event, split between two tread compounds for dry racing conditions and another one for wet weather. The event was held under classic Arizona springtime conditions, comfortably warm and dry. Both of Goodyear’s dry weather tire compounds came in to play.
Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli drove their Pontiac Riley to victory in the chase around PIR’s 1.51-mile road racing circuit, with an aggressive tire strategy playing a key role in their plans.
“The tire performance was as we expected it to be,” said Bob Shaffer, Goodyear’s marketing manager for sports car racing. “The cooler weather allowed some of the teams to run the softer tread compound.”
Max Papis and Scott Pruett co-drove their Lexus Riley to second place and Cort Wagner and Kelly Collins drove their BMW Doran to third. All three of the top cars raced on Goodyear tires.
“We used the softer compound on three positions and the harder one on the right front,” Taylor said. “We changed tires on every stop. From what I can gather, every time we came in, the tire condition was pretty good.”
The winners finished 12.1 seconds ahead of the Papis/Pruett entry. The second-place finishers used an equally aggressive, but very different, tire plan.
“We had only one stop,” Papis said. “We used the hard compound tire all the time on the right side and the soft compound on the left side all night long. They were a little loose at the end of the run, but the Goodyear tires were just awesome, they were really good for us.”
Pruett and Papis led most of the early going and gave up the lead on the 82nd lap when they stopped for their only pit stop of the event. The Taylor/Angelelli car took the lead and, though the car pitted five laps later, it held the point the rest of the way.
The race included 19 Daytona Prototype cars, the largest field the class has ever assembled.