Goodyear Racing news 2005-04-06

GOODYEAR TIRES SWEEPING NHRA ALCOHOL COMPETITION BAYTOWN, Texas (April 5, 2005) -- As the teams of the National Hot Rod Association head for the April 8-10 O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park, two...

GOODYEAR TIRES SWEEPING NHRA ALCOHOL COMPETITION

BAYTOWN, Texas (April 5, 2005) -- As the teams of the National Hot Rod Association head for the April 8-10 O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park, two parts of Goodyear's line of Dragway Specials have made their mark on the young 2005 racing season.

At the Gatornationals at Gainesville, Fla., last month, all the cars in the final round of both the Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car classes were equipped with Goodyear tires. The competition in both alcohol classes is intense.

"Goodyear has been the dominant tire in the Top Alcohol Dragster class, but it's been more competitive in the Alcohol Funny Car class," said Carolyn Ashbee, sales and marketing manager for drag racing. "We've been pleased with the performance of our tires in both those classes this season."

The rear drive tire most Goodyear-equipped team use in the Top Alcohol Dragster class is the D1230, originally designed and used in the Top Fuel class. The Goodyear drive tire used by most Alcohol Funny Car teams is the D1022.

The D1230 measures 36 inches tall and has a 17-inch tread width. It mounts on a 16-inch wheel and has a 114-inch circumference. The construction includes Goodyear's D2A tread compound.

Aaron Olivarez, a newcomer to NHRA national events, beat Ashley Force in a very close TAD final at Gainesville. The margin of victory was about seven inches.

The D1022 has several applications and all have been successful. Designed for the Alcohol Funny Car class, it is also used by many Pro Mod and Super Comp teams, as well as most of the Pro Stock teams in the International Hot Rod Association.

The D1022 stands 34.5 inches tall and the tread width is 17 inches wide. It mounts on a 16-inch wheel and has a 110-inch circumference. It also has Goodyear's D2A compound.

At Gainesville, the Alcohol Funny Car final was won by veteran Bob Newberry. He defeated Mark Billington. Billington made the switch to Goodyear tires at the start of the season and, obviously, the change paid immediate dividends.

"The D1022 seems as though it has a life of its own," Ashbee said. "It has been a very successful component for a variety of applications."

Goodyear's tradition of success is unparalleled in drag racing history.

-goodyear-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ashley Force , Mark Billington