New Top Fuel, Funny Car tire announced

Goodyear'S D2096 Tire For Top Fuel And Funny Car Teams To Make First Competitive Runs At Gatornationals AKRON, Ohio (March 18, 2004) -- The latest generation Goodyear Eagle drag racing tire will perform in competition for the first time this ...

Goodyear'S D2096 Tire For Top Fuel And Funny Car Teams To Make First Competitive Runs At Gatornationals

AKRON, Ohio (March 18, 2004) -- The latest generation Goodyear Eagle drag racing tire will perform in competition for the first time this weekend when NHRA teams compete in the Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville, Fla.

Goodyear's new D2096 rear drive tire will be used by the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes. It is similar to the one it replaces, the D1486.

"I think this tire represents a pretty good step forward," said Chris Johenning, Goodyear's lead engineer for drag and sports car racing.

The D2096 includes a new tread compound for Top Fuel and Funny Car, Goodyear's D2B. The previous compound, the D2A, was used on the last several generations of tires built for those classes. The new tire measures 36 inches by 17.5 inches and is mounted on a 16-inch wheel.

"The D2096 includes some minor construction changes to help dissipate heat buildup," said Carolyn Ashbee, Goodyear's sales and marketing manager for drag racing. "That will help tire durability."

Johenning said the construction changes combined with the new tread compound could reduce tire temperatures by as much as 50 to 100 degrees, depending upon track conditions.

The introduction of the new tire follows an extensive period of development by Goodyear's engineering team. Lehman Racing and driver Clay Millican first tested the D2096 at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Fla., during the winter. Several other teams tested the new tire during and after the NHRA's winter testing season.

"The technology in the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes was catching up with the tires," said Ashbee. "The first order of business at Goodyear Racing has always been safety, and we felt it was time for the next step in tire development."

The D1486, which was introduced in June of 2002, has had a successful run of about 20 months, Ashbee noted. She added that competitors could still use the D1486 while the supply lasts.

The tire development program at Goodyear is an ongoing process and the D2096 is the latest in a long line of drag racing tires where dependability and competition go together.

-goodyear-

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