IN OTHER RACING NEWS
NASCAR and Goodyear officials are denying any blame for the fiasco that was Sunday’s Sprint Cup race in California.
Tires that failed to last 25 laps before going flat resulted in numerous cautions, wrecked race cars during practice and in the race.
This was very similar to the tire problem that Goodyear had in the Brickyard 400 several years ago when the caution flag was waved every 25 laps for the teams to change tires.
That incident almost killed NASCAR racing at Indy. The only difference between IMS and California was that NASCAR didn’t throw a caution flag and let the tires go flat, altering the outcome of the race.
Goodyear tried to shift blame to the teams, claiming they didn’t use the recommended tire pressures. It was a claim that many drivers said was not the case.
We’ll see what happens the next time the series runs on a track longer than a half-mile.
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