Goodyear testing new compound strictly for repaved track surfaces – Tire wear promotion
Everyone likes old surfaces. They might not be aware of it, but they do. Old surfaces provide a slick race track and bumps. Both of those things cause driver mistakes, which causes side-by-side racing.
Unfortunately, many surfaces on the NASCAR schedule are quickly being repaved. These repaves aren’t necessarily the death of great racing. Though, it has been known to do that.
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Goodyear got their tire test in yesterday at Kentucky Speedway. Despite, early rain, the new compound was put into action.
Greg Stucker from Goodyear, told NASCAR.com on Sunday. “We’ve also got some things to try to actually promote a little more wear on a repaved surface, which is something we haven’t been able to do.”
The director of race tire sales for Goodyear explains, “The guys have kind of taken a different approach on compound formulation to see if we can’t actually generate some wear on what we project to be a fairly smooth surface.”
Worn out tires do the same thing that an old surfaces does. They both starve the car of traction. So, when a track is repaved Goodyear is testing a tire option that gives the car the feeling of an old worn out surface.
I love the thought process. NASCAR has been making a lot of bold decisions in recent months. This type of innovation is exactly what the sport needs.
Tire testers included; Jamie McMurray, Austin Dillon, Kurt Busch and Erik Jones.
Two tire tests have been held this season, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
A test at Michigan was postponed due to weather and has been rescheduled for July 10-11. Because of the date change, the MIS test will now be dealing with potential 2018 changes rather than focused on this year’s races at the 2-mile track.