Goodyear schedules test for larger NASCAR tire

BY foxsports • September 27, 2009

Goodyear will test a new larger NASCAR tire on October 6th at Richmond International Raceway.

The 17-inch tire — which is an inch-and-a-half wider and higher — will provide a larger contact patch on the track and is expected to offer better handling and more grip.

"The longitudinal grip improves the forward and back motion while the lateral grip helps with cornering," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear Director of Race Tire Sales. "We'll be looking at what performance gains it gives us and what it allows us to do.

"That's why we test — to see where the gains will be made and where we need to improve."

Roush Fenway Racing is providing the car and driver for the test. Stucker said the car had to be modified for the test. Goodyear will also test a car using the current 15-inch tire to use as a baseline to compare the two tires.

Goodyear will also return for further testing at Daytona International Speedway on Nov. 2. Stucker hopes to entice at least 20 to 25 cars to offer the full feel of the draft.

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