Sunday's Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis turned into a showcase for the pit crews and crew chief strategery. Goodyear managed to bring a tire so soft that it couldn't last 35 miles at speed. I am sure by now we have all seen the pictures of cords showing through on the tires.
I don't know how many of you have purchased tires in recent months, but they now come with a speed rating. With possible applications on sports cars, they are usually rated well above 100 mph. Goodyear tires with a speed rating of "Z" are good for speeds above 186 mph.
Wouldn't it be cool if Goodyear had a truckload of domestic tires on standby to remedy such failures as they had Sunday? So what if there are grooves on the tires? Who cares if they haven't been specifically tested for that track?
Goodyear sells those tires to the public everyday, guarantees them for thousands of miles, at speeds up to and exceeding 186 mph.
NASCAR slows the cars down at the other "Superspeedways" on the schedule. If Goodyear would prefer the tires not exceed 170, 160, or even 140, restrict the cars and let them race.
The drivers have mandated suits and helmets...
The car bodies are exactly the same across the board, the decals only differ...
The tires must have Goodyear on the sidewall to be used in NASCAR...
That being the case, why can't Goodyear make one tire for NASCAR? It should hold up under any conditions, just like the tires they sell off the shelves. It might wear out faster at some places, it might last all night at some places, but the teams and drivers would know what to expect when they unloaded the car.
It would have to be cheaper too—you could make a set 35,000 of the same tire each season, and be done with it.
You are wrapping a piece of rubber around a piece of metal, bolting it on a car and running it on pavement, just like has been done for the last 110 years. There is no need to spend all these millions of dollars on new research to make the tires different and wonder what result you will get.
But until NASCAR decides to standardize the tire—which will probably never happen—Goodyear, bring some domestic tires along with you on your trips to the track.
If the designated race tire fails even half as bad as last Sunday, give them what you give us. Show us that even though your race tires are 50 pounds of worthless weight, your street tires can stand up to any condition, even race conditions.
That would cause me to buy some Goodyears for my car. After watching the state-of-the-art race tire you made fail after 30 miles on a race track that has been raced on for almost as long as you have been making tires, I think I will stick with B.F. Goodrich.
My only hope is that NASCAR give y'all some competition in the tire business. I can remember way too many races in the last three or four years where you dropped the ball and in turn dictated the quality of the racing and the outcome.
The only time we should hear about tire failures is when someone runs over something on the track. If your street tires failed as bad as your NASCAR tires, you would all be out of jobs by now!
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