Goodyear returns to Michigan with new tire


Earlier this week, Goodyear announced that a new tire will be taken to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn when the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series visit the track later this month. The Sprint Cup Series is scheduled to run the Pure Michigan 400 on Aug. 19, with the Camping World Truck Series racing there the previous day.

According to a press release from Goodyear, the tire compound will be a combination of the compound of the tire tested by Sprint Cup cars in April and a somewhat softer verson of a harder tire that the series raced there in June. The June event was the first race weekend at the track following a repave.

When the Sprint Cup cars last raced at MIS (June), teams experienced a blistering issue during practice sessions, and as a result, tires were changed during the weekend, prior to the race. That tire issue prompted a one-day test session on Monday that involved 28 Sprint Cup teams and a couple of teams from the Truck Series.

“Back in June was our first race on this new pavement,” Goodyear Director of Racing Tire Sales Greg Stucker said. “We digested everything we saw over the weekend, in practice, as well as what we had in the race. We digested that and looked at all the data, poured over all the comments we got from the teams and drivers, made our recommendation for our package coming up in August. That is why we were here today for, just confirming that.”

Speeds of up to 210 mph were reported from the Monday test, with average speeds being a little slower (about 195 mph) than during the April test and the June race.

“Michigan is a lot different track with the repave, and we saw that here with the sprint race,” driver Brad Keselowski, who participated in the test on Monday, said. “So we’re all still just trying to get a grip on that, literally, and trying to figure it out.”

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