Cup Series drivers Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Brad Keselowski,
Juan Pablo Montoya and Kyle Busch concluded Goodyear Tire
testing at Michigan International Speedway on Wednesday.
Mich. – After a successful two-day Goodyear Tire
Test at Michigan International Speedway, some NASCAR drivers say
they are happy with the repave.
Oh, and the track is fast. They all said that, too.
“This place is fast. I mean fast, fast,” NASCAR Sprint
Cup driver Juan Pablo Montoya said. “Our minimum speed this
morning was over 180 mph through the corner when you think about
it. We are doing easily over 210 mph at the end of the straight.
“For a car like this, it is really, really quick. It is
a lot of fun. I think as the track links up I think it is going
to bring great racing. That is pretty good.”
Montoya knows good racing. As an Indianapolis 500 winner, CART
champion and multiple winner in the FIA Formula One World Championship,
he also knows speed.
He along with Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon and Kyle
Busch tested at MIS on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Official speeds were not available. But participating drivers
said and tweeted they unofficially topped speeds of about 215
“I’m not sure I want to know I’m going that
fast,” Gordon joked.
A Goodyear Tire test isn’t necessarily about speed. The
test is about collecting data so the tire company can build a
good race tire for the track’s NASCAR events.
This is the fourth time the racetrack has been repaved. The track
was built in 1968, and repaved in 1977, 1986 and 1995.
In fact, most drivers don’t like repaves, they said. They
like racing on old pavement.
However, this is the best repave Gordon said he’s seen.
And it’s one of his favorite racetracks.
“I am not a big fan of repaves so the fact that I am talking
positive about it and still enjoying the racetrack as much as
I always have I think that is a sign where I rank it. I rank it
very high,” Gordon said.
“Whatever it is about this track, it has just always had
a great feel to it. Instead of having to go in and recreate some
of that like some track have had to do, they were basically able
to pave over the top of what they had, fix whatever they could
to keep it lasting as long as possible, which you would typically
do on a repave.
“The track drives so similar to the way it did before and
it is going to have multiple groves.”
All the drivers added they believe Ryan Newman’s track qualifying
record of 194.232 mph set back in 2005 is in jeopardy.
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International Speedway 2012 Schedule:
Saturday, May 19 Great Lakes Wine Fest presented by Jackson County
June 15 ARCA Racing Series RainEater Wiper Blades 200
Saturday, June 16 NASCAR Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts
Sunday, June 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Aug. 17 Gatorade Pole Day
Saturday, Aug. 18 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Sunday, Aug. 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series