Weather, Tires And More At The Brickyard

Speedway, IN ? Morning rain showers revised the schedule for qualifying day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The morning qualifying session has been delayed till early afternoon and there will be a final practice session at 5:30pm.

The number one topic heading into this year?s Allstate 400 At The Brickyard has been tires. After tire issues turned the 2008 race into multiple sprint sessions, Goodyear and NASCAR have put an emphasis into making sure the 2009 tire will produce a good race.

All indications are that the tires Goodyear brought to the track are going to work as desired. The rubber wearing off of the tires has been balling up and is sticking to the track. Last year the rubber was grinded off the tires into a fine powder. The groove produced by the worn off rubber was evident on Friday where traction increased during the second practice session.

All of the drivers seem to be expressing satisfaction with Goodyear?s tire for this race.

Clint Bowyer (No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet): ?The (tire) problem is fixed, and everything is good with the Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet. I feel like we have enough laps on the track and the track is taking the rubber, so everything is going to be fine.

Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet): ?This is the first time I?ve been here and not had any tire issues, so that?s a good sign.

Carl Edwards (No. 99 AFLAC Ford): The Goodyear tires seem to hold up well. We didn?t have any issues, and I think the fans have a lot to look forward to on Sunday.?

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet): ?The tires are no longer an issue, so I think we need to move on to a whole new subject. Goodyear has created a great tire. They backed it up in testing, and they proved it here today. I probably could have run all day on one set of tires. If anybody has issues with the tires, it’s not about the wear. We had about 20 laps on one set of tires, and they had so much left in them. The wear is only going to get better. As we put rubber down on the race track, which this tire does, it’s going to change the grip level and the balance, but the wear is only going to get better. I expect a lot of tire strategy. There seems to be some grip in new tires, but it tends to go away fast, but I think the wear is good enough that some guys can take some risks on track position.?

Not Rain Tires – There are grooved tires in the garages of a number of teams and the teams have been asked the same question over and over. “Are those rain tires?” No, they are not. They are used when moving the car through the garage so that race tires are saved for racing.

Superstitious? – Both Greg Biffle?s and Bill Elliott?s teams are not taking any chances in dealing with the race. Elliott?s team removed the three from the garage stall number 13 and Biffle?s team removed the number entirely.

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