Goodyear will utilize a new type of technology during the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR night race weekend on Aug. 30 - Sept. 1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Both drivers and crew chiefs are looking forward to putting the tire on the track for 500 miles of racing on Labor Day Weekend.
According to thatsracin.com, Goodyear will utilize information gained in last week's tire test at AMS to make use of "zone tread technology."
For the right-side tire that will be used at Atlanta, Goodyear has combined one compound that was recently used at Michigan to control heat in the tread's inner half with the other half of the tread, previously run at Atlanta, used to give cars more grip. The right-side tire will be combined with the left side tire run here last season.
The intended result of the new tire is to give teams a more reliable right-front tire compound.
"The tire we ran before was going to run too hot, and this one is going to live and not have right-front tire trouble," Todd Berrier, crew chief for Kurt Busch, said last weekend.
"Atlanta is one of our biggest challenges from a tire perspective. The abrasive surface causes extremely high wear, while the length and layout promote very high speeds," said Stu Grant, Goodyear's general manager of worldwide racing while speaking to media last weekend. "What we've done here is take a specific rubber compound and limit the application to the inside shoulder, and then have a more tractive compound across the rest of the tread."
"Everybody seemed pleased with the performance. Basically, we were able to run the inside shoulder compound to give us the durability we want, while giving the cars an acceptable level of grip and handling with the rest of the tread," said Grant.
NASCAR night racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day Weekend for three nights of racing. AdvoCare 500 tickets start as low as $39 and $59 on the frontstretch. For tickets, call 877-9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com