NASCAR and Firestone Tires–Is Goodyear’s Reign Slipping Away
by Steve Wronkowicz
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“It was not a Firestone test and it was not a NASCAR test.” Okay so what was it?
According to a report for SPEED; ON PIT ROW contributor Robin Miller; quoted Firestone-Bridgestone motorsports executive director Al Spreyer as saying, “It was a technical exercise to try and develop current stock car technology.”
This side step-shuffling attempt was after Scott Pruett was seen driving a Chip Ganassi owned ARCA car, this past weekend, at Miami-Homstead’s road course. This is interesting on several levels.
First the rest of the ARCA bunch was busy testing at Daytona last weekend for their undercard race during Speed Weeks. That three day test saw Will Kimmel, nephew to nine time series champ Frank Kimmel lead all of the sixty-one testers with a speed of 180.977mph.
Second item of interest shows the test being performed at Miami-Homestead Speedway which will be on the banned track list come 2009. But because the driver and the road course are not part of the NASCAR world, the test went on without much fanfare.
And lastly, NASCAR has vehemently denied that they are looking for a new tire supplier. The contract with Goodyear will be up for renewal before the 2011 season. Could Firestone be looking to that time frame to make a comeback in the NASCAR ranks? Or are they looking to unseat a supplier in another series? Hoosier and ARCA are signed through 2011.
So this week our BUZZ ON PIT ROW is:
Would you like to see multiple tire manufacturers in NASCAR?
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