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NASCAR / Auto Racing

Saturday, 7 April, 2012 11:05 PM

Day 2 of Goodyear Tire test at MIS complete

PHOTO CREDIT: Todd Davis, LAT USA

NASCAR Sprint 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.

 

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BROOKLYN, 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 mph.

“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.

Nestled in the lush Irish Hills of Southeastern Michigan, Michigan International Speedway is the Great Escape, a venerable NASCAR national park where fans can get away and enjoy the very best in racing and camaraderie. It’s the love of racing and the thrill of a great time for race fans and drivers alike.

All tickets are on sale at http://www.MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.

Keep up with Michigan International Speedway via Twitter @MISpeedway or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MISpeedway. Join our Mobile Fan Club by texting MISCLUB on a Sprint Handheld or other mobile device to 69050 on a Sprint Smartphone or other mobile device. Standard text message rates may apply.

Michigan International Speedway 2012 Schedule:

Saturday, May 19 Great Lakes Wine Fest presented by Jackson County CVB

Friday, June 15 ARCA Racing Series RainEater Wiper Blades 200
Saturday, June 16 NASCAR Nationwide Series Alliance Truck Parts 250
Sunday, June 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Friday, Aug. 17 Gatorade Pole Day
Saturday, Aug. 18 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Sunday, Aug. 19 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Tuesday, Sept. 11 Spirit of America Blood Drive

Source: Michigan International Speedway

Related Story: Tony Stewart wins Rain-Shortened 16th Annual Auto Club 400

 

 

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Todd Davis, LAT USA

The session was the second day for the test.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Todd Davis, LAT USA

Speeds were very quick.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Todd Davis, LAT USA

Montoya said minimum speed was 189 mph, but cars were going above 215 in the straightaways.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Todd Davis, LAT USA

The test is a result of the track’s repave, finished last November.

 

PHOTO CREDIT: Todd Davis, LAT USA

This was the fourth repave – 1977, 1986 and 1995.

 

 

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