The diamond grind was done for the other two races that are/were held there. And sorry, NASCAR fans, the Indianapolis 500 is what made the Speedway, not the Brickyard 400. When the Brickyard hits its 92nd running, then maybe, but not now. The diamond grind works very well for the lighter weight Indycars and F-1 cars.<quoted text>
It was a mess and both NASCAR & Goodyear weren't very prepared.
I do have one question and I haven't heard anyone give me an answer for it. What is the purpose of Indy have the diamond cut track? I've never paid much attention to it before since the track has always rubbered in.
And, as I pointed out, it has been the same surface since 2005. Goodyear SHOULD have had some insight by now as to the cause and effect of running a higher center of gravity car, or at least should have been doing all the testing they could to determine what tire compound would stand up best on that surface. Goodyear and NASCAR flat dropped the ball on this one and got caught for it.
88fan, don't ask Tony George to fund resurfacing the track just for NASCAR. He's spent more to update that facility than anyone will ever know and he's got a surface that Indy cars can live with and even appeases the F-1 snobs. He has to worry more about the 500 and trying to lure F-1 back at some time.