Goodyear Debuts New NASCAR Tire Technology in Atlanta
Newest Goodyear Eagle race tire features Multi-Zone Tread Technology to handle
the challenging conditions of Atlanta Motor Speedway
AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 29, 2013
AKRON, Ohio, Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As drivers take to the track for
this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races at Atlanta Motor
Speedway, they'll be riding on a newly designed Goodyear Eagle race tire with
roots in consumer tire technology.
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Goodyear's new right-side tire for Atlanta marks the introduction of its
Multi-Zone Tread Technology, which combines two different rubber compounds in
a single tread to face the conditions of one of NASCAR's most demanding
speedways. And while Goodyear often applies what it learns in the
high-performance world of NASCAR to the development of consumer tires, this
time technology was transferred from the street to the track.
"Atlanta is one of our biggest challenges from a tire perspective," said Stu
Grant, Goodyear's general manager of worldwide racing. "The abrasive track
surface causes extremely high wear, while the length and layout promote very
To face this challenge, Goodyear engineers set out to develop a tire capable
of offering both superior traction and wear—two typically opposing properties.
The solution was found in Goodyear's Assurance TripleTred All-Season passenger
tire. The Assurance TripleTred pioneered the concept of multiple tread zones
in auto tires, featuring three distinct zones for superior traction in wet,
icy and dry conditions.
"Developing the right tire for each NASCAR track always requires finding a
good balance between traction and durability," said Grant. "The goal of our
new Multi-Zone Tread is to help us offer drivers more of both."
To accomplish this, Goodyear's newest NASCAR tire utilizes two unique tread
zones. An Endurance Zone on the tire's inside shoulder features a firmer
compound to help manage wear for enhanced durability on the track. The outside
two-thirds of the tread makes up the tire's Traction Zone, which uses a more
tractive tread compound to help increase grip for superior handling.
Goodyear has tested the Multi-Zone Tread tire several times over the past
year. The most recent test took place in Atlanta earlier this month, where 13
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams put the tire through its paces with very
positive results and feedback.
"Teams were able to tune their cars to the tire and get the balance of the car
right," said Grant. "Drivers seemed pleased with the performance during the
test, and we expect similar results for the races this weekend."
Following this weekend's races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Goodyear will also
consider tires featuring a Multi-Zone Tread for additional tracks on the
This is the second notable example of how Goodyear has transferred street
technology to its racing tires. For the 2009 racing season, the tire maker
introduced a wet weather radial for use in the NASCAR Nationwide Series that
has a tread pattern based on the "street" Goodyear Eagle F1 All Season tire.
Goodyear (NASDAQ: GT) is one of the world's largest tire companies. It
employs about 69,000 people and manufactures its products in 53 facilities in
22 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and
Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and
services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry.
For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com.
SOURCE The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Contact: Mike Siberini, 704-905-3309
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