Daily Archives: February 14, 2014

Goodyear to Expand Use of Multi-Zone Tread Technology


Goodyear will expand the use of Multi-Zone Tread Technology in 2014. Goodyear’s Multi-Zone Tread technology features two distinct compounds in one tire. One zone is for enhanced traction and the other is for greater endurance.

Last year, Goodyear debuted the tires at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and used them again at the fall race at Kansas Speedway. While Goodyear still expects to run the multi-zone tread tires at Atlanta and Kansas again this year, they will also expand the program to Texas Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway at a minimum. If in-season tire tests go well, the program may be further expanded to other, unspecified tracks.

Goodyear director of race tire sales, Greg Stucker had this to say:

Atlanta is a unique track that presents several challenges for us as a tiremaker – it is extremely abrasive, but at the same time it’s extremely fast. While the Gen-6 car added even more speed to the equation, thus putting more stress on the right side tires, just going to a harder compound wasn’t a viable solution. The Multi-Zone Tread technology enabled us to maintain the tractive compound on the outside portion of the tread and toughen up the inside three inches to help protect the part of the right-side tire that sees a lot of heat.

Kansas, on the other hand, was a little more than a year on this side of a repave. And while the track seemed to have lost some grip, it had not yet begun to wear tires. For this case, we chose to increase the grip on the left side of the car with a more tractive, single-compound tire. We paired that with a Multi-Zone Tread right-side that combined the same compound we’d run there since the repave on the outside for traction with a tougher, more heat resistant compound on the inboard three inches for endurance.

What we accomplished in 2013 was proof of concept – both on the track and in the manufacturing process. Building off what we’ve learned, we will come back this season and add several tracks to the Multi-Zone Tread roster.

NASCAR vice president of competition Robin Pemberton also weighed in on the tire technology:

Goodyear continues to improve the competition with the development of new tire technology. The Multi-Zone Tread tire gives us the ability to optimize the tire for enhanced performance and racing on the track. The Multi-Zone Tread technology will give us better racing long-term. This means that Goodyear can not only build safer tires, but also tires that will allow for enhanced competition for both our competitors and our fans.

Hopefully the improvements in tire technology, along with the Gen 6 car, will continue to improve the racing product in NASCAR.


Parker Kligerman to Race Daytona for BRG in NCWTS

Parker Kligerman races in a pack at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2013 [NASCAR Media]

Parker Kligerman races in a pack at Talladega Superspeedway on October 19, 2013 [NASCAR Media]

Last fall Parker Kligerman made what many thought would be a one-off appearance at Talladega Superspeedway driving for BRG Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on October 19. However, after finishing fourth, Kligerman will once again drive for BRG this year at Daytona and Talladega in the NCWTS races.

Naturally team owner George Bragg is excited for the deal, saying:

I told somebody yesterday, I can’t wait to get to the racetrack. Usually, you worry about everything on your list and wishing you had an extra week. When you do as good as we did last time, you can’t wait for it to get here so you can do it again.

We’re living the dream of anybody who’s ever had a passion for racing right now. We’re really blessed to be able to do this.

We want to win Daytona, and I want to bring that trophy home to BRG Motorsports. We came so close to winning Talladega with Parker (Kligerman) with the support that we have and our race team. We still have all of that in place. We have a brand new truck that’s better than the one we had at Talladega. I feel like we have as good a chance as anybody there to win, especially with NASCAR evening out the playing field from all the truck-support teams that we were having to battle with. Now they’ve changed the body and changed the nose and tightened up the rules. Where everybody with a wind tunnel and all that kind of stuff had an advantage on us, they’ve taken a lot of that away. So we stand maybe even a better chance at this race than we did the last one. We’re just so excited to be going.

While it may seem unusual that a team that only entered one race in 2013 could come away with a fourth-place finish, BRG Motorsports does have support through Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota.

The crew chief for the team will be Bragg’s son, Josh Bragg.


Ron Hornaday Jr. To Drive for TSM at Daytona

Ron Hornaday Headshot from 2013 [Getty Images/NASCAR Media]

Ron Hornaday Headshot from 2013 [Getty Images/NASCAR Media]

Ron Hornaday Jr. will drive the No. 30 Chevrolet Silverado for Turner Scott Motorsports at Daytona International Speedway in the Camping World Truck Series race. Hornaday Jr. is a four-time NASCAR truck series champion and still holds the record for most career wins in series history with 51.

While the ride is coming together last minute for Hornaday Jr., he is still excited to be able to run for TSM:

I’m very excited and grateful to have support from Steve Turner, Harry Scott and the entire TSM organization. We worked great together in Miami and to have the opportunity to come to Daytona to start the year off; I’m just really looking forward to it. I wouldn’t have this opportunity if it weren’t also for Rheem and their help. I think this is a winning combination that will give us a great chance to run up front and hopefully get a win.

The entry will be sponsored by long time Hornaday Jr. and TSM supporter, Rheem Manufacturing. Rheem president and CEO JR Jones had this to say:

Ron Hornaday has been synonymous with competitive toughness and durability in all his days of racing. His hardnosed style and determination to win are legendary, but it’s his lifetime of caring generosity shown to so many young racers who needed an encouraging word or a place to stay that makes Ron Hornaday so special. Rheem was honored to have the opportunity to provide support to ensure this Truck Series legend would be back on the track at Daytona.

Shane Huffman will be the crew chief for Hornaday Jr., who completes the TSM Daytona lineup along with fellow teammates Ben Kennedy and Ryan Truex.

It also appears that TSM and Hornaday Jr. are looking to turn this opportunity into a full-season ride if sponsorship can be secured.

[Turner Scott Motorsports]

Daily Door Rub 2-14-14

The Daily Door Rub is a quick look around the web, linking to other good racing stories not written by the Trackside Times staff.

Photo of the day:

No clue who thought this would be idea, but someone over at Richard Childress Racing posted this Valentine's Day photo on their twitter account for Austin Dillon [RCR3ADillon]

No clue who thought this would be idea, but someone over at Richard Childress Racing posted this Valentine’s Day photo on their twitter account for Austin Dillon [RCR3ADillon]

A few good links:

Darrell Waltrip may miss Saturday’s broadcast of the Sprint Unlimited after having gall bladder surgery on Thursday [The Charlotte Observer]

Joseph Wolkin compares Jeff Gordon to Derek Jeter [Motor Racing Scene]

Thanks to Bob Pockrass for this link, fans can buy a pieces of, or who seats, from the Daytona grandstands [Bob Pockrass twitter]

Help pick if Danica Patrick will wear a white or a blue Aspen Dental suit at Las Vegas and you can win the race worn suit [Aspen Dental]


Video of the day:

Kevin Harvick in this Goodyear commercial I’m sure you will see 439 times during Speedweeks.

Pocono and Dover Team Up for Daytona 500 Watch Party

Jimmie Johnson crosses the line as the winner of the 2013 Daytona 500 [NASCAR Media]

Jimmie Johnson crosses the line as the winner of the 2013 Daytona 500 [NASCAR Media]

Pocono Raceway and Dover International Raceway will be hosted the second annual Daytona 500 watch party at XFINITY Live! Philadelphia on Sunday February 23. The event will start at 12pm and will be broadcast on the 32-foot Sony High Definition television screen at the center of the NBC Sports Area venue.

Those in attendance will be eligible to win a variety of prizes:

In addition to viewing “The Great American Race,” fans in attendance can enter to win a number of great prizes, including NASCAR Sprint Cup Series tickets to both the June 1, 2014, race at the Monster Mile and the June 8, 2014, “Pocono 400” at The Tricky Triangle, as well as, some autographed NASCAR memorabilia.

In addition, those who arrive early will receive a special bonus:

The first 60 fans to arrive will have their choice of a pair of tickets to either the Friday, May 30 “Lucas Oil 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race or the Saturday June 7 “Pocono 200” ARCA Racing Series race.

If you would like to go, the address for XFINITY Live! is 1100 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19418.

There is no word in the release who will represent each track at the event, but I suspect Brandon Igdalsky will be there and he is always entertaining. If you’re lucky, maybe they will even give out unspecified prizes like Pocono always does at the tweetups. Either way, I’m sure it will be a good time, watching the race on that big of a screen with fellow NASCAR fans.

[Pocono Raceway]