Goodyear Schedules Charlotte Tire Test for Next Week

Goodyear Schedules Charlotte Tire Test for Next Week

by December 4, 2014 0 comments

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CONCORD, N.C. — Goodyear has scheduled a two-day tire test for Tuesday, December 9th, and Wednesday, December 10th, at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The tire manufacturer extended invitations to four teams – one team from each manufacturer and an extra invitation that was extended to Richard Childress Racing.

Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Petty Motorsports, and Joe Gibbs Racing have confirmed their attendance at the two-day test and have elected to run Dale Earnhardt Jr., Sam Hornish Jr., and Carl Edwards at the test, respectively. The test will serve as Hornish Jr. and Edwards’ driving debuts for their new teams.

Richard Childress Racing also confirmed that they will be present and have selected Paul Menard as their driver for the test.

Next week’s test serves as an important date for the four invited teams as not only will they test for the sole tire manufacturer of NASCAR, but they will also get a chance to tinker with next year’s Sprint Cup regulations.

With the prohibition of private testing by NASCAR, the only exposure teams will have to the new package prior to next season’s Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway will be through officially sanctioned tests by NASCAR and by Goodyear.

Changes that will greatly effect the power and aerodynamics of the Sprint Cup cars will be used in competition for the 2015 season.

Accompanying the introduction of a tapered spacer that reduces the horsepower produced by the Sprint Cup cars to 725 from 850 will be aerodynamic modifications including a shortened spoiler and the introduction of a driver-adjustable track bar.

Goodyear’s test not only will be used for the teams to adjust to the new race package, but Goodyear will also use the test to collect data on tire degradation rates from the new package.

No confirmed date for the next Goodyear-sanctioned test has been set just yet, however, officials from the tire manufacturer have stated that their next test will take place at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in January.

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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