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In June, Goodyear conducted a two-day tire test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Participating in the test at Indianapolis were Greg Biffle in the No. 16 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, Clint Bowyer in the No. 15 Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota, Kyle Busch in the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, Joey Logano in the No. 22 Penske Racing Ford, Ryan Newman in the No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet and Tony Stewart in the No. 14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet.
According to Kenny Bruce of NASCAR.com, Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing said the following of the test:
Our test speeds were extremely fast at Indianapolis. Like a lot of race tracks we've been to this year with this new car package, it appears the race pace can be significantly faster than it's been in the past. Because of that, we have to make sure we come back with a recommendation that is robust enough for the conditions we'll have in the race.
The weather conditions during the test were exactly what we have to come to expect during the race weekend in late July -- pushing 90 degrees and sunny. That enabled us to evaluate the tires we brought under the proper conditions.
The test was fairly uneventful except for an incident on Day 2 of the test, three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart had a right-front tire lose air 17 laps into a 20-lap run.
Stewart’s incident was taken into account in making the final decision on what tire formula and combination Goodyear will bring to the Brickyard this weekend.
Given the tire manufacturer’s extensive testing regimen so far this year, and the level of success it has seen based upon that testing, it’s a good bet there won’t be a repeat of the 2008 tire debacle this year.
That's a wrap on the latest storylines the week of July 21-27.
Bob Margolis has covered NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA and Sports Cars for more than two decades as a writer, television producer and on-air talent. All quotes and other technical information has been taken from official NASCAR, team and manufacturer media releases unless otherwise stated.
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