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Goodyear News and Tire Testing

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2010 - ran at Daytona in July
2011 - ran at Chicago in Sept
2012 - ran at Daytona in July
2013 - ran at Charlotte in May
2014 - ran at Charlotte in May
2015 - ran at Charlotte in May
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Scheduled or reported Goodyear Tire Tests for the 2017 season:
- Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Jan. 10-11
- Michigan International Speedway: April 4-5
- Daytona International Speedway: April 11-12
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway: April 25-26
- Kentucky Speedway: May 9-10
- Eldora Speedway (Trucks): May 15-16
- Chicagoland Speedway: June 6-7
- Darlington Raceway: July 17-18
- Atlanta Motor Speedway: August 8-9


Goodyear's Campbell set to retire after Brickyard race: Rick Campbell, Goodyear's Project Manager for NASCAR Programs, will retire after the Brickyard 400 race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Campbell is in his 39th year with The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, entirely in the Racing Division.[More](7-23-2017)

Darlington Tire Test, July 18th, FREE & open to public Fans who want to experience the sights and sounds of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series roaring around Darlington Raceway before the Bojangles' Southern 500 on Labor Day weekend might want to pay a visit to the famed South Carolina track on Tuesday, July 18. On that day, Darlington Raceway is hosting a Goodyear tire test session from 9:00 am - 5:00pm/et. The test is free and open to the public, giving fans the opportunity to see NASCAR's stars race around the high banks of the track Too Tough To Tame. Drivers currently scheduled to participate in the Goodyear tire test are #77-Erik Jones, #2-Brad Keselowski, #42-Kyle Larson and #31-Ryan Newman.(Darlington Raceway)[Read More Here](7-17-2017)

Drivers complete tire test at Chicago: Three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers participated in a two-day Goodyear Tire test at Chicagoland Speedway this week in preparation for the Tales of the Turtles 400 on Sept. 17. Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet; David Ragan, driver of the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford; and Daniel Suarez, driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, represented each manufacturer at the test, which was held under sunny skies both days. [More](6-7-2017)

Mixed results for option tires UPDATE: At the end of the night the primary/option tire experiment in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race provided mixed results and mixed reviews.

UPDATE: After an All-Star race that featured three lead changes in 70 laps, a senior NASCAR executive defended the rules package but conceded that the option tire "didn't make a huge impact.''[More](5-21-2017)

Different tire compound being tested at Kentucky: Goodyear officials will look to do more than verify the tire package for this year's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway when they hold a two-day test Tuesday and Wednesday at the 1.5-mile track. "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," Greg Stucker, director of race tire sales for Goodyear, told NASCAR.com on Sunday. "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." Testing at Kentucky are #1-Jamie McMurray (CGR), #3-Austin Dillon (RCR), #41-Kurt Busch (SHR) and #77-Erik Jones (FRR).(NASCAR.com)[click to continue](5-10-2017)

Goodyear next tire tests at Indy..then Kentucky #48-Jimmie Johnson leads the list of drivers participating in the test scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday at the 2.5-mile. #2-Brad Keselowski, #11-Denny Hamlin and #38-David Ragan are also expected to attend in preparation for the July 23 event. The Indy exercise marks the fourth of eight Goodyear tire tests scheduled for the Monster Energy Cup tour in 2017. The fifth test of the year will be held at Kentucky Speedway on May 8-9. #1-Jamie McMurray, #3-Austin Dillon, #41-Kurt Busch and #77-Erik Jones were selected by NASCAR to take part in the test in the Blue Grass State. The Quaker State 400 is scheduled for July 8.(Motorsport)(4-23-2017)

Goodyear tire test at Daytona this week UPDATE: Goodyear Tire Testing with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will be held at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 12. The test is closed to the public.(4-9-2017)
UPDATE: Joey Logano, the 2015 DAYTONA 500 champion, was one of five Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers at DIS this week for a Goodyear Tire Test that also featured some aerodynamic exams overseen by NASCAR. Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford for Team Penske, was joined by Furniture Row Racing's Erik Jones; 2008 DAYTONA 500 champion Ryan Newman of Richard Childress Racing; 2013 DAYTONA 500 polesitter Danica Patrick from Stewart-Haas Racing; and Alex Bowman of Hendrick Motorsports. [More](4-12-2017)

Multiple tire compounds in 2018? NASCAR is considering doing what a lot of other auto racing series around the world do: Give its race teams the option of running two different types of tires for each race. The first would be a conventional set, the second a softer compound that is significantly faster than the normal tire, but presumably would wear out much quicker.[More](4-12-2017)

Goodyear Offers "Option" Tire at All-Star race: Race car drivers love grip, and at this year's Monster Energy All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway (Saturday, May 20), they will have an option to get more of it, at least after one strategic pit stop. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will offer two different tire set-ups for this year's event - a "Prime" tire combination, which is what Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams will run throughout the two weeks at Charlotte, and one set of an "Option" tire combination, which can be used at any point during the four-stage race.[More](4-11-2017)

Goodyear tire test coming up at Michigan: #10-Danica Patrick, #78-Martin Truex Jr. and #27-Paul Menard are coming to Michigan International Speedway a little early. As part of a Goodyear tire test, the three drivers will hit the track Tuesday, April 4, and Wednesday, April 5.
UPDATE: The test has been cancelled because of weather.[More](3-29-2017)

Goodyear and NASCAR have started negotiations on an extension A month into the final season of their current contract, Goodyear and NASCAR finally have started negotiations on an extension - much later than the typical timeframe. Consider its five-year deal that expires this season was signed in October 2011 - more than 15 months ahead of the end of its previous contract. In an interview with ESPN.com and NBC Sports, Goodyear worldwide director of racing Stu Grant said the company had its first major negotiations meeting with NASCAR in mid-February. With the past year being devoted to finding a Cup Series title sponsor, Goodyear understandably was less of a priority. "The NASCAR guys had a lot on their plate," Grant said. "We had early discussions with NASCAR and agreed to put our extension on the back burner, but now we're having discussions in earnest. We're committed to NASCAR. NASCAR is committed to us. Our negotiations are going well. I think we're in good shape."(NBC Sports)[More](3-7-2017)

Goodyear continues examination of Kyle Busch's Daytona 500 tires Goodyear officials have sent the tires that were on Kyle Busch's car when it wrecked in Sunday's Daytona 500 for further testing. Busch lost control, spun and collected several other cars, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was leading the race at the time. On Wednesday morning's "The Morning Drive" on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, Goodyear director of racing Greg Stucker said Busch's tires arrived Tuesday at company headquarters in Akron, Ohio. "Our engineers went over them very thoroughly, just to make sure we didn't miss anything at the racetrack," Stucker said. "We feel we didn't. We sent them down to our research facility, where we have forensic specialists if you will, that can really do a deep dive into all the different components, all the different parts of the tire and look at them in a lot more detail than you can visually with electron microscopes and a lot of other different tools they have at their exposure. It's very impressive some of the detail they can go into and we'll find out as much as we can. That takes a little bit of time to do, but that's in the works."(NBC Sports)(3-2-2017)
UPDATE Goodyear has refuted Kyle Busch's claim that a flat tire caused his spin in the Daytona 500. Busch blamed the crash on a rear tire that went flat and said, "You know, obviously Goodyear tires just aren't very good at holding air." Goodyear general manager of worldwide racing Stu Grant said definitive video evidence showed that all four tires on Busch's #18 Toyota were up when it began to spin. Speaking before Sunday's Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Grant said no cuts were found on Busch's tires at the track or at Goodyear's technical center and research facility in Akron, Ohio. Technicians also analyzed broadcast video to determine that Busch's right rear was up when the car spun. Goodyear contacted the NASCAR R&D Center for additional video to verify the left rear was up.(NBC Sports)[More](3-6-2017)

Kyle Busch not happy with Goodyear after wreck: Kyle Busch was not happy about his early exit from Sunday's Daytona 500. Busch was ahead after the first 60 laps in "The Great American Race" and became the first stage winner in the new era of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Unfortunately, things went downhill from there in a big way.[More](2-27-2017)

Drivers have fun clocking laps at Goodyear tire test at LVMS: Four Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers enjoyed themselves on the track during Day 2 of a Goodyear tire test at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Wednesday. #20-Matt Kenseth, #22-Joey Logano, #24-Chase Elliott and #1-Jamie McMurray clocked lap after lap at the 1.5-mile speedway on the sunny and windy day as Goodyear techs and the quartet of race teams banked valuable data to use in 2017 and beyond. The drivers enjoyed their time behind the wheel during the two-day test session. "It's fun to come out and test, and I like coming to Vegas," said Kenseth, the Kobalt 400 champion in 2003, 2004 and 2013. "It seems like everything has slowed down (on the track), which makes for better racing. I've always liked the race track, have had some good runs here and had some wins here. It's a fun race track, a fun town and always a good environment, so I enjoy racing here."

Logano understands the importance of the tire tests and what they can do for the sport. "You're able to knock the rust off and try to come up with the best tire," said Logano, the 2014 Kobalt 400 pole winner. "This is Goodyear's test, and we're here for Goodyear to make the best tire, not only for us drivers, but for the fans to have the best race to watch. There's a lot of theories on what makes the best race, and we're able to go through those and figure out what makes the track wide and let us move around. There are constant conversations about how we can make it better, and this is a great opportunity for us to test a lot of that."

Elliott got a lot out of the two-day session. "It's felt really good to get back going again," said Elliott, the 2016 NASCAR Rookie of the Year. "The time that passes between the last race and the first time you get back in a car seems like a long time. So, it's good to get back in, get acclimated and try to sharpen up your skills. This is a good place to do it, and it's similar to a lot of tracks we'll go to this season, so it's helpful in a lot of ways. Goodyear has been really good with how they've approached the test, and of all the tests I've done with them, this is as aggressive as I've seen them with making changes and trying new things with the tire. I think that's encouraging, and I hope they can take the data and try to help us provide some better racing down the road."

LVMS' 2017 NASCAR Weekend begins on Friday, March 10, with Stratosphere Pole Day, continues with the Boyd Gaming 300 Xfinity Series race on Saturday, March 11, and concludes with the Kobalt 400 on Sunday, March 12. Tickets are available at lvms.com or by calling 1-800-644-4444.(LVMS)(1-12-2017)

Goodyear won't be able to do tire test after Texas repave: Goodyear stated that it will not be able to conduct a tire test at Texas Motors Speedway following completion of the repave and reconfiguration project the track announced Friday morning. In addition to the repave, the track is reducing the banking in Turns 1 and 2 from 24 degrees to 20 degrees. The racing surface's width will expand from 60 to 80 feet in those turns. The banking and racing surface in Turns 3 and 4 will not change. The project - which begins Monday - is scheduled for completion in early March, but Goodyear said in a statement that the narrow window before NASCAR's April 7-9 race dates at Texas prevents the tire manufacturer from holding a test.

"We have been kept completely in the loop as the folks at SMI and Texas Motor Speedway considered this move and now, with the announcement that they will both repave and reconfigure their track starting next week, there is no question Goodyear will have to bring a new tire set-up for the NASCAR weekend scheduled there in April," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's Director of Racing, in the statement. "Because of the tight schedule, we will not have time to do a tire test at Texas, so we will look at the details of the new configuration and understand the asphalt mix that will be used, which is planned to be similar to what was used most recently at Kentucky. That being said, this project will take on a similar feel to the one at Kentucky because that was also both a repave and reconfiguration. Having that recent history, along with our experience with a wide range of track configurations and surfaces - including many that have been repaved over the recent years - we will determine the appropriate tire set-up in advance of the event, giving teams plenty of time to prepare."

Currently, Goodyear has seven tire tests planned for the year, six of them involving Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams. One test occurs the week of the Texas race, at Michigan International Speedway. Here are Goodyear's planned test dates:
- Las Vegas Motor Speedway: Jan. 10-11
- Michigan International Speedway: April 4-5
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway: April 25-26
- Kentucky Speedway: May 9-10
- Eldora Speedway (Trucks): May 15-16
- Chicagoland Speedway: June 6-7
- Atlanta Motor Speedway: August 8-9
(NBC Sports)(1-7-2017)

NASCAR to trim the number of tires used in 2017: NASCAR has announced that will be cutting the number of Goodyear tires the Sprint Cup teams will get next season. That will be something that will happen mostly at the intermediate sized tracks and that could be as many as three sets.(Times Herald)(11-19-2016)

Goodyear looking to renew contract with NASCAR: Goodyear is currently renegotiating its contract with NASCAR which concludes at the end of 2017. The tire manufacturer has enjoyed a relationship with NASCAR since 1954 - and [Greg Stucker, Director of Racing Tire Sales and Marketing for Goodyear] doesn't expect that to change. "I can tell you there have been several meetings, several conversations about moving forward," Stucker said. "To my knowledge, there are no major hurdles. There are always little items you need to work out, particularly with the way the landscape is now. You have a new TV contract and new social media landscape. I think those are the biggest things that need to be worked through - where we want to focus our efforts, the exposure. How you want to use our assets. That still needs to be worked out. But as far as the operational side, the performance side, I think we're good." While there have been rumblings about other tire manufacturers attempting to get in the game, Stucker isn't aware of any competition in the category moving forward.(Motorsport)(11-5-2016)