Goodyear NASCAR tires. Photo courtesy Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
While it's customary for drivers and teams to complain about their tires - even as their teams often disregard settings requested by the manufacturer - Goodyear has had an uninterrupted commitment to building safe and reliable tires for NASCAR use since becoming a partner in the 1950s. Goodyear has been the exclusive supplier to all three of the circuit's top series since 1997.
"Our longtime relationship with Goodyear is a testament to the company's consistent, high-quality tire it suppliers to the race teams," said Jim O'Connell, NASCAR's chief sales officer. "Not only are they experts in tire performance, but they are also a brand that understands how to effectively engage and connect with our fans through creative activation."
Continuing "a relationship between experts," Pierre Jambon, vice president of Goodyear's off-highway business noted, "NASCAR is clearly the expert in stock car racing and it has chosen Goodyear because of our expertise in delivering outstanding performance. Our time performance on the track validates our brand, inspires confidence for drivers and helps create exciting racing for fans. We are proud to continue to be an integral part of NASCAR."
There have been other tire suppliers since Goodyear came to NASCAR more than a half-century ago, but none (other than Goodyear) have had the commitment to making NASCAR's brand of stock car racing safer and faster for such a long period of time.
In conjunction with the agreement and to further safety, NASCAR announced a Sprint Cup test at Phoenix International Raceway in preparation for the November race on the newly repaved surface. At least 37 teams will participate and three have decided to test their new fuel injection systems in preparation for the 2012 season.
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