Four Drivers Complete First Goodyear Tire Test of the Season

Four Drivers Complete First Goodyear Tire Test of the Season

by January 20, 2015 0 comments

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LAS VEGAS — The first Goodyear tire test of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season took place on Monday with four teams and drivers hitting the banks of Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a one-day test.

Stewart-Haas Racing, Team Penske, Joe Gibbs Racing, and JTG Daugherty Racing were present at the test with Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Matt Kenseth, and A.J. Allmendinger respectively representing the four teams.

Monday’s test was the first of 14 scheduled tire tests by Goodyear for the season and the lone test by the official tire manufacturer of NASCAR that will not be accompanied by a NASCAR-sanctioned test open to all teams.

With the ban on provide testing by the sanctioning body, a common theme throughout the 2015 season will be drivers and teams taking advantage of all of the testing opportunities provided to them by both Goodyear and NASCAR.

“I think any track time you get is really important with the new testing rules, banning all off-season testing, which I think we all like, but you’ve really got to take advantage of the tests when you get them and try to gather as much information as you can – hopefully useful information that you can use down the road,” Kenseth said during a lull on the on-track action. “For us, we didn’t run particularly well last year and we’ve got a new nose on the Camry this year and new rules changes and aero package and all that stuff, so we’re just trying to get it sorted out and try to find a baseline and hopefully find something that drives good so we’ve got something decent when we come back here (on March 6-8 for the Kobalt Tools 400).”

Monday’s test was notable for being the only on-track testing the Sprint Cup Series will have ahead of the Kobalt Tools 400 – the third race of the season – increasing the value the data gained from the test already had.

With a third of the schedule taking place on intermediate tracks like Las Vegas, Kenseth and the three other drivers present at the track on Monday may have just gained themselves a clear advantage heading into the 267-lap race – and the rest of the season.

As Kenseth explains, a strong race at Las Vegas (the second intermediate track race of the year) should set up a team nicely for the rest of the year on the intermediate ovals.

“Las Vegas is one of the early races and … you want to run good that first month or two at all those different racetracks and then you kind of look at your program and see where you’re at,” he said. “It’s important to come here and run good; I think if you run good here and you start off the year decent, it certainly should apply to the rest of the intermediate tracks.”

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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