NASCAR-WCUP: Goodyear Tire Note for the NASCAR Events at Atlanta Motor Speedway
4 November 1998
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES FOR THE NASCAR
WINSTON CUP NAPA 500
BUSCH GRAND NATIONAL STIHL POWER TOOLS 300
ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY 1.54 MILE OVAL
FAST FACTS FOR NOV. 8, 1998
NUMBER OF TIRES: LEFT RIGHT
Winston Cup 1,150 1,150
Busch Grand National 525 525
TIRE CODES: LEFT RIGHT
Winston Cup D5668 D5670
Busch Grand National D5668 D5670
RECOMMENDED COLD PRESSURE:
L. Front -- 32 psi R. Front -- 50 psi
L. Rear -- 32 psi R. Rear -- 47 psi
GOODYEAR EAGLE SPEEDWAY RADIAL CIRCUMFERENCE
LEFT SIDE: 87.5 in. RIGHT SIDE: 88.8 in.
Jeff Gordon, 1998 Winston Cup Champion, #24
"We did the tire test and the tire wear was very good. It was a great test. I am really looking forward to going back to Atlanta to try the right and left side tire combination that was chosen from the test."
NOTES AND QUOTES:
"We are bringing a new Goodyear Eagle recommendation which features a new right side tread compound as well as a new right and left side construction, which will improve the ride and feel of the race car," said Tony Freund, Goodyears lead engineer for stock car tire development. This tire setup is similar to what is used on other high-banked speedways, however it remains unique to Atlanta. "We plan to research its applicability and slight variations at Texas Motor Speedway in December," added Freund.
"For the Atlanta tire test in late September, we returned to a multiple car testing procedure that was used years ago," explained Phil Holmer, Goodyears marketing manager for stock car tires. "In order to simulate conditions most comparable to a race and to represent all three car manufacturers Chevy, Ford, Pontiac we invited the top two drivers in the points standings, Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin, as well as the winner of the last two Winston Cup races at Atlantas reconfigured track, Bobby Labonte."
The numerous laps logged by the cars included long runs, which were evaluated while all three cars ran on the track together. "The lucky few who got to watch the test session, primarily track employees cleaning up after the IRL event, were treated to an extraordinary display of driving ability. Together, the three drivers provided the optimum race simulation for our engineers to develop the best possible Eagle recommendation for this track," added Holmer.
DID YOU KNOW?
The yellow-lettered Eagle radials made their debut in NASCAR Winston Cup competition in 1992s season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
ESTIMATED PIT STOPS FOR SUNDAY'S RACE:
APPROXIMATELY EVERY 60-65 LAPS.
(ESTIMATE BASED ON FUEL CONSUMPTION)