Amidst the spring racing season, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has set an aggressive schedule of tire tests at NASCAR tracks. Beginning this week at Michigan International Speedway, Goodyear will hold four tests in a six-week stretch.
Two of the tracks at which Goodyear will test – Michigan and Pocono Raceway – will have new surfaces for 2012, thus the immediate need for tests. The other two tracks – Dover International Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway – have been designated as tracks where Goodyear continues to incorporate feedback and stay attuned with advancements NASCAR teams continue to make.
The Michigan test is scheduled to be held today and Wednesday (April 3-4). The tentative list of participating teams and drivers are the No. 2 Penske Racing Dodge with Brad Keselowski, No. 17 Roush Fenway Ford with Matt Kenseth, No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Jeff Gordon and No. 42 Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing Chevrolet with Juan Pablo Montoya.
Pocono’s test is scheduled for April 24-25 with the No. 1 Earnhardt-Ganassi Chevrolet with Jamie McMurray, No. 5 Hendrick Motorsport Chevrolet with Kasey Kahne, No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota with Joey Logano, No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge with A.J. Allmendinger and No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Aric Almirola.
Participating in the Dover test will be the No. 9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford with Marcos Ambrose, No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge with A.J. Allmendinger, No. 29 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Kevin Harvick, No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet with Dave Blaney, No. 39 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet with Ryan Newman, No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet with Kurt Busch and No. 56 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota with Martin Truex Jr.
Teams scheduled to test at New Hampshire are the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet with Paul Menard, No. 47 JTG-Daugherty Racing Toyota with Bobby Labonte, No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet with Regan Smith, No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet with Dale Earnhardt Jr. and No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing Ford with Carl Edwards.
All in all, it will be a busy stretch for Goodyear Racing engineers. With the help of 21 different Sprint Cup teams, this slate of tire tests promises to have a positive impact on the 2012 NASCAR season.
- Goodyear Racing Press Release