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.
It began Tuesday with teams working through a number of tire combinations to help zero in on a few possible combinations to run on the final day.
"We've run tires from Vegas, Charlotte and the tire from here last year I believe," Elliott said. "We've run through a bunch of stuff and I think they'll land in a good spot. I think they have a couple good options that I like, at least."
"They're playing around with a lot of the dual-zone tires we've had experience with," Ragan said. "They have a pretty good read on Chicagoland Speedway. The track is starting to age well, it's got a lot of character and they're consistently trying to match the current aero package to what we want to see in the race here in the fall."
During the second day, drivers made multiple 25-lap runs.
"We can start off in the high 29s, low 30s (seconds) and then we'll fall off about a second-and-a-half during 25 laps," Ragan said. "That's a little more than half of a fuel run."
"The fall-off has been normal, just about the same as we've seen in other places," Elliott said.
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