BROOKLYN, Mich. — Goodyear will conduct a tire test at Michigan International Speedway on May 17 in preparation for the 2016 season. And fans are invited to come watch all the action.
The following NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams are scheduled to test:
- Furniture Row Racing
- Richard Childress Racing
- Chip Ganassi Racing
- Richard Petty Motorsports
The test is the next step in making the racing better everywhere. Goodyear will use this test to confirm it is providing the proper tire compound to ensure the best racing at Michigan International Speedway. Engineers and drivers from each NASCAR manufacturer will be here to test options for the new low-downforce package.
Lowering the downforce on a car makes it harder to drive, which puts more emphasis on driver skill and increases the potential for more passing.
Characteristics of the lower downforce rules package includes more off-throttle time for drivers and decreasing corner speeds. This generates more passing zones over the entire track, and allows for multiple tire combinations to be levered.
“We appreciate, respect and support everything Goodyear does to provide the best racing in NASCAR,” track President Roger Curtis said. “The test will provide an opportunity for our fans to get a preview of the racing at MIS this year. We cannot wait for the cars to get back on the track and put on a great show.”
Testing times, track schedule and drivers are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.
The track will open the Turn 1 Grandstand from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for fans to watch the test free of charge.
Fans are asked to park in Lot 10 off US 12 and enter the grandstand through Gate 17, just behind the water tower. Portable restrooms will be available. Fans are also allowed to bring in coolers that meet the MIS grandstand policies for race weekend.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series roars onto Michigan International Speedway twice in 2016. The first of the track’s two NASCAR weekends is June 10-12 with the Corrigan Oil 200 ARCA Racing Series on June 10; NASCAR XFINITY Series Menards 250 presented by Valvoline on June 11; and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 on June 12.
The Sprint Cup Series will wind up its summertime stint at MIS on August 28 with the Pure Michigan 400. The Camping World Truck Series Careers for Veterans 200 presented by The Cooper Standard Foundation & Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation is on August 27.
Michigan International Speedway continues to keep ticket prices low for 2016. Race fans who purchase early will have the best prices and the best seats. Tickets for a NASCAR Sprint Cup race start at $48, with children 12 and under free in certain sections, ensuring families a chance to see NASCAR at affordable prices. You can camp all week long for one price, starting at $165.
The track will also continue its junior pricing program where kids 13-16 are half price in reserve seats.