Jeff Gordon takes laps at Michigan International Speedway earlier this week. Four NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers were participating in a Goodyear tire test at the track on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Roush Fenway Racing's Matt Kenseth represented Ford in the two-day Goodyear tire test. The test was a result of the track’s repave, finished last November. This was the fourth repave at Michigan, with the others coming in 1977, 1986 and 1995.
Talk it out
(Left to right): NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Juan Pablo Montoya, Brad Keselowski, Michigan International Speedway President Roger Curtis, drivers Matt Kenseth and Jeff Gordon spoke about the two-day tire test at Michigan International Speedway earlier this week.
Will it be better?
Brad Keselowski represented Dodge in the Goodyear tire test, and offered his assessment of what the changes will mean in the race. “One of the key things that I see about the track is the decision to repave it in October versus waiting until this season," he said. "It has given the track extra time to cure which I think is going to speed up the process of getting the track to be very racy. And with (Nationwide and ARCA) events beforehand, there’s a very good chance that we could step into the first weekend with the repave here again in June and see racing just as good if not better. I’m more than optimistic of how the quality of racing is going to be and feel pretty good about it.”
Up to speed
Juan Pablo Montoya tests out the new surface in his Chevrolet. According to a release from the track, speeds were very quick and Montoya said the minimum speed was 189 mph, but cars were going above 215 in the straightaways.