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While watching the Brickyard 400, I was embarrassed for the fans at Indy for the race. If you don’t follow NASCAR you may not know what I am referring to. The rear right center of the tires wore to the cords causing a few blowouts.
An unbelievable nine competition cautions where thrown by the NASCAR Officials, to allow the teams to come in the pits and change the tires. This has been done in the past at many other tracks and not just this year.
Many people blame the COT (Car of Tomorrow or now called Car of Today) that the tires the Goodyear has used for years would fail and shred to the cords, thus placing lives at stake if one would blowup and the wrong time. So NASCAR stepped in and allowed the yellows to replace the tires.
NASCAR didn't have an open test at Indy this year with this tire and car type. The diamond-grinding process at Indy makes the pavement abrasive. Indy is not new to this type of problem, in 2005, F1 had the same type of problem and the teams decided good or bad not to run. In F1, multiple tire manufactures supply tires, but in NASCAR, as in the IRL, there is only one. NASCAR uses Goodyear and IRL uses Firestone.
I was always hoping NASCAR would open up the tires to multiple manufacturers to have Hoosier and Cooper tire competing with Goodyear to help the racing. The problem is that a tire war will make the cost of owning a racecar in NASCAR go up.
To me, Goodyear didn’t do the homework or was not allowed to test the tires. They need to work on this because the problem was not just at Indy this year, but at other tracks as well. It may have been the worst at Indy though.
Fewer spectators came to Indy this year and to put on the show as they did this year, next year may even be down more.
I hope for the safety of all, I pray Goodyear and NASCAR get a fix for this.
IMS owner Tony George said in interview to the local newspaper that people should stop blaming the track. George did not attend the event. He is vacationing in British Columbia.
"The track won't change next year," George told the Indianapolis Star Monday. "So if [NASCAR] wants to come back, they better figure it out because I don't think the fans want to come back and see that.
"Figuring it out will only come with getting the car and tire combination right, and that requires actually spending the time and effort to do something about it."