Goodyear multi-zone tread set for Texas
April 02, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
The multi-zone tread tire introduced last season by Goodyear will make its 2014 debut at a new track -- Texas Motor Speedway.
Goodyear is bringing the technology to the 1.5-mile Fort Worth facility for the first time, anticipating higher speeds and loads under the current aerodynamic rules package being used for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars. The multi-zone tread is a right-side tire that combines two distinct rubber compounds, an outside 10 inches designed for traction and an inside two inches -- the part which takes the most heat and abuse -- toughened for durability.
Goodyear introduced the multi-zone tread last season, using it at Kansas Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway. In addition to Texas, the technology will also be used this season at Richmond International Raceway.
"This season, we've already broken track records on the two intermediate tracks we've raced so far -- Las Vegas and California," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of race tire sales. "There's no reason to think Texas won't be more of the same."
Texas was chosen for the zone-tread because it is an abrasive surface that also generates vey high speeds. The left-side tires will be the same ones used at Texas since 2011, and were also employed at Darlington Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2013. NASCAR Nationwide Series teams will use the same tire combination this weekend.