RACE: Goodyear Racing tire update

New Goodyear tires off to winning start in Formula Vee. AKRON, Ohio (May 29, 2003) -- The newest sports car racing tires in production at Goodyear could become the dominating force in Sports Car Club of America Formula Vee racing. The...

New Goodyear tires off to winning start in Formula Vee.

AKRON, Ohio (May 29, 2003) -- The newest sports car racing tires in production at Goodyear could become the dominating force in Sports Car Club of America Formula Vee racing. The development of the new tires started last season.

The D1487 front tire and D1489 rear tire are both members of the latest generation of Goodyear's lightweight, bias-belted designs created for the lightweight, open wheel Formula Vee cars. The D1487 measures 21-by-5-by-15, while the D1489 is 22.5-by-5.5-by-15. Both tires are produced in Goodyear's facility in Akron.

"This tire combination features a slightly wider front tread width and a new, more responsive design in both the front and rear," said Chris Johenning, lead engineer for sports car racing.

Both tires are available at all Goodyear race tire distributors.

Drivers Ed Womer and Justin Barker put the new tires through their paces recently during an SCCA Northeast Division national points race at Nelson Ledges Road Course in Warren, Ohio. The track is a two-mile, 13-turn venue.

Womer qualified on the pole and led every lap of the race. He recorded the fastest lap of the race. Barker qualified fourth on a set of development tires, then switched to the D1487/D1489 combination for the race. Barker finished second and posted the second-fastest lap of the race.

Barker said, "The front grip makes the car a lot more comfortable to drive. It turns in quickly and there is less understeer on the exit than I was accustomed to."

Barker started racing in 1997 and qualified for the Valvoline Runoffs in 2001. The 27-year old is a test driver in Goodyear's Original Equipment program.

"Obviously, we're pleased with the success Womer and Barker had at Nelson Ledges," said Bob Shaffer, marketing manager for sports car racing. "Our development team did a great job on those tires. The development process is a constant in our company, it never ends."

Goodyear-equipped cars have won the last two Formula Vee national championships and, with the addition of the D1487/D1489 combination to the tire lineup, Shaffer noted that the tiremaker remains on the cutting edge of development while in search of its third straight national championship in the class.

Drivers know that for competitive, consistent performance on the racetrack, Goodyear tires are the winning choice.

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