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Pocono hosting Goodyear tire test

Ryan Newman

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams representing Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Team Penske and Furniture Row Racing are scheduled to participate in a two-day Goodyear tire test Tuesday and Wednesday, April 19-20 at Pocono Raceway.
 
The Sprint Cup Series visits the 2.5-mile track for the first of two annual stops June 3-5 for the Axalta 'We Paint Winners' 400.
 
Drivers expected to take part in the test are Martin Truex Jr. (Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota), Brad Keselowski (Team Penske No. 2 Ford), Kyle Larson (CGR No. 42 Chevrolet) and Ryan Newman (RCR No. 31 Chevrolet).
 
"It's kind of in line with what we've done at the other tests," Greg Stucker, director of race tire sales for Goodyear said Sunday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway. "Looking at the 2016 package for Pocono and looking to increase grip."
 
The Pocono track was repaved in 2012, and Stucker said even before that project "it had grown to be on the conservative side (tire-wise), so we're looking to try and increase grip levels."
 
With only three corners and each one drastically different, Pocono presents its own set of unique challenges both to teams and Goodyear. While teams often compared it to Indianapolis Motor Speedway where the series will visit later this summer, those similarities, such as from a tire-wear standpoint, had begun to lessen.
 
Now, though, Stucker said "It's getting to be more like Indy was -- the two used to be lined up and that's one of the things we're actually looking to see, if maybe we can align those two," Stucker said.
 
"But it's still not heavy wear by any stretch of the imagination. It's just lost some grip; it's not overly abrasive. The grip is starting to go away since the repave."

In addition to the June race weekend, Pocono also hosts a second Sprint Cup event at the end of July.

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