Teams get set for latest Richmond test
June 15, 2015, Kenny Bruce, NASCAR.com
The official tire supplier for NASCAR will test with four teams Tuesday at the 0.75-mile track in preparation for this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup cutoff race, the Federated Auto Parts 400 scheduled for Sept. 12.
Kyle Larson (Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates), Trevor Bayne (Roush Fenway Racing) and David Ragan (Michael Waltrip Racing) are scheduled to take part in the Goodyear tire test. NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Brian Scott (Richard Childress Racing) will also take part, stepping into the No. 27 for driver Paul Menard.
The four will join several others on Wednesday for an open team test. According to officials, those scheduled to be on hand are Jeff Gordon (Hendrick Motorsports), Carl Edwards (Joe Gibbs Racing), Joey Logano (Team Penske), Sam Hornish Jr. (Richard Petty Motorsports), Jeff Green (The Motorsports Group) and Clay Rogers (Beard Motorsports).
"We had a good race there (in the spring); we had a good tire that lasted a gas stop, which is not that easy at Richmond," Stu Grant, Goodyear's general manager for global race tires, said Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. "We're wondering if we can do a better job to make the racing a little bit better, so we're seeing what we can do from a tire standpoint to go back and improve that setup."
Some teams were not satisfied with the multi-zone tread used at RIR for the spring race. The tire featured a smaller, more durable inside compound that enhances durability combined with a wider, softer outside designed for grip. Similar multi-zone tires have been used at several Sprint Cup events since debuting in 2013.
Grant said several options would be considered.
"We've got a pretty good baseline at Richmond," he said. "I don't want to move too far off of that. We're not going to test a whole lot of different things. We ran a (multi-) zone tread at Richmond; we'll try a couple of zone treads, we'll try a couple of non-zone treads to see what happens … we don't have a real big program (scheduled) so we can get that done in a day."
Wednesday's test will be open to fans, with access to the grandstands through Gate 70 only.