Key Dates in Goodyear Racing History Highlighting the accomplishments of Goodyear engineers and Goodyear-equipped racers Sept. 29, 1974 -- Racing on Goodyear tires at Brands Hatch, England, Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Jean-Pierre Jarier pilot...
Key Dates in Goodyear Racing History
Highlighting the accomplishments of Goodyear engineers and Goodyear-equipped racers
Sept. 29, 1974 -- Racing on Goodyear tires at Brands Hatch, England, Jean-Pierre Beltoise and Jean-Pierre Jarier pilot their Matra-Simca 670C to victory in a 1,000 kilometer World Manufacturers Championship race.
Sept. 30, 1979 -- Alan Jones, driving a Williams, wins the Canadian Grand Prix at Montreal and gives Goodyear victory number 125 in Formula One racing.
Oct. 1, 1995 -- Michael Schumacher wins the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in his Benetton, winning Formula One victory number 325 for Goodyear.
Oct. 2, 1993 -- Chuck Etchells uses records the first sub-five second pass in NHRA Funny Car history, a 4.987-second lap, at Heartland Park Topeka.
Oct. 3, 1993 -- Jim Epler rides becomes the first NHRA Funny Car racer to be clocked at 300 mph when he is clocked at 300.40 mph at Heartland Park Topeka.
Oct 6, 1996 -- Round 10 of the IMSA World Sportscar Championship is held at Daytona and the win goes to John Paul Jr., Butch Leitzinger and Rob Dyson. Their victory margin is an impressive 29 seconds.
Oct. 8, 1995 -- James Weaver, Rob Dyson and Butch Leitzinger co-drive their Riley&Scott Ford MkIII to victory in a one-hour, 45-minute race on a street course in New Orleans. Weaver wins the pole and turns the fastest lap in the race. Another Dyson car finishes second.
Oct. 9, 1963 -- During a Goodyear tire test, A.J. Foyt, driving the same Sheraton-Thompson Special he raced earlier in the year during the Indianapolis 500, sets the world closed course speed record with a lap averaging 200.40 mph at Goodyear's test track in San Angelo, Texas. Foyt becomes the first to average better than 200 mph around a closed course.
Oct. 13, 1963 -- Fred Lorenzen, driving a Goodyear-equipped Ford, sets a qualifying record prior to the National 400 at Charlotte. His speed is 143.01 mph.
Oct. 14-15, 1978 -- Peter Gregg and Mario Andretti, driving on Goodyear tires, win International Race of Champions events at Riverside International Raceway.
Oct. 15, 1964 -- Craig Breedlove is clocked at a world record speed of 526.61 mph in a rocket-powered car using Goodyear tires on the Salt Flats in Utah.
Oct. 15-16, 1977 -- Al Unser and Cale Yarborough race to victory on Goodyear tires in International Race of Champions events at Riverside International Raceway.
Oct. 16, 1999 -- At Mesa Marin Raceway, Kurt Busch wins his fourth straight NASCAR Southwest Series race, tying the all-time record for NASCAR Touring Late Model divisions. The victory clinched the series championship for Busch. He would go on to stardom in NASCAR's Craftsman Truck Series and Nextel Cup Series, turning every lap on Goodyear tires.