Goodyear Not Fully to Blame for Season's Tire Problems

CourtCorrespondent IAugust 1, 2008

From a fan's point of view the race at the Brickyard was certainly disappointing. From a team's perspective the race was not fun. But Goodyear can only do their best.

Goodyear is to blame in that in the tire test at Indy earlier this year, they invited only three teams and after the test they saw the same results that were seen this past Sunday at the Brickyard 400.

However, one comment about the tire wear made a great deal of sense, and I would like to share it with you and get your opinion. On an episode of NASCAR Raceday, Kenny Wallace said that everything about the new car got bigger, except the tires.

Think about it. Bigger green house, wider car, and the left front tire was moved to the left putting greater wear on the right front. Also, teams "crab walk'n" cars also provides greater weight and wear on the right side tires.

For me, an average fan, this doesn't make sense. You don't put run of the mill car tires on a monster truck. To some degree, NASCAR has done just that. Everything but the tires changed when we switched to the COT.

I would love to hear your opinion on this!