DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers wrapped up a two-day Goodyear tire test on Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway.
Drivers testing tire compounds for Goodyear during the two-day test at the historic 2.5-mile tri-oval included:
In between rain showers, drivers shook down tires for Goodyear in advance of the prestigious 52nd annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 14.
“I think the Goodyear tires the last year or two have been pretty competitive,” Ragan said after the first day of testing. “We haven’t had any issues with them. It’s just a deal where Goodyear tries to fine tune on their tires and combinations to make it right. I’m sure this won’t be the last (test) before the Daytona 500 in February.”
Ragan participated in last September’s Goodyear tire test at Daytona while Logano and Ambrose were among a group of drivers who tested tires in May.
“We tried a lot of different tires,” Logano said. “I think we had about five or six different ones that we put on, just trying different things that Goodyear has come up with. We had some good ones and some that weren’t as good. You pick what you want and I’m sure they’ll change a few things. I know they are going to come back here again and do some drafting.”
“We’re doing 15-lap minimum runs and we’re putting a lot of different compounds and constructions on, trying to find a good balance,” Ambrose said. “We started from the tire they ran in 2008 and we’re running through 2009 and new development tires just to get some good baselines and figure out the best construction and compound for the race here.”
For Logano and Ambrose, they welcome the extra laps around the daunting high banks of Daytona that come with Goodyear tire testing.
“It’s real good for me and the whole Home Depot team,” said Logano, who earlier this year became the youngest driver ever to start a Daytona 500. ”I don’t have much experience here at Daytona. Even though we’re by ourselves, you still find little things about the race track or you can see what you can work on your car for the next time you come here, a lot of little things like that.”
“I’ll put my hand up to try to help out,” Ambrose said. “Every lap I get gives me an advantage. I’m behind Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson by about eight seasons, nine seasons, maybe more. I’ve got a lot of catching up to do. Any chance to get in one of these cars helps me.”
The test gave Keselowski his first opportunity to work with his new team for the 2010 season. Keselowski, who competes for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, will join Penske in 2010 for his first full Sprint Cup Series season.
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