Stewart talks about Goodyear again

Full story: Akron Beacon Journal

MARTINSVILLE, VA.: Tony Stewart defended his harsh criticism of the tires Goodyear brought to Atlanta last weekend and said that it was time to speak out after years of closed door meetings failed to produce a ...
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Bob Keegan

Lady Lake, FL

#1 Mar 12, 2008
Yeah, Stewart is right; the tires are crap but we make a good profit margin on them.

“Smoke and the Rocketman”

Since: Jan 07

United States

#2 Mar 12, 2008
I as a fan of racing am glad that Tony can pin point exactly where the problem is so that the racing will be better at Atlanta in the fall.. if they bring that same tire, I fully expect the teams to strike! They should be able to race side by side on a track on which they can go 4 wide if they need to.. GO SMOKE!!YOU ROCK!!!

Since: Aug 07

Jackson Twp.

#3 Mar 12, 2008
Anyone who watched more than 5 minutes of that race could see the drivers were fighting HUGE traction problems. Even Kyle Busch - the race winner - slid up into the wall several times.

Tony is right. With modern technology, there is absolutely no reason why any tiremaker can't provide a racing tire that sticks - and can get reasonable wear. This isn't 1965 and the drivers aren't racing 'stock' cars. They are racing purpose-built race cars that should stick like glue to the track. F1 and IndyCar drivers would never put up with this. Neither would AMA Superbike racers (in fact - it would kill them quick). NASCAR drivers shouldn't either.
Slidin to the high side

Canton, OH

#4 Mar 12, 2008
Tony may be speaking for Goodyear. Goodyear may have read the fine print in the Akron deal. The only tires made in Akron are racing tires. No racing tires no Goodyear in Akron.....
EWBS

Milwaukee, WI

#5 Mar 12, 2008
Debi Does wrote:
I as a fan of racing am glad that Tony can pin point exactly where the problem is so that the racing will be better at Atlanta in the fall.. if they bring that same tire, I fully expect the teams to strike! They should be able to race side by side on a track on which they can go 4 wide if they need to.. GO SMOKE!!YOU ROCK!!!
Deb, the only problem with that is the weather in the fall will be much different than what they had last Sunday. It will probably be a lot hotter and we all know that heat makes a huge difference in tires. Goodyear screwed up and needs to toss the tire they brought last week. I like the idea one guy had on Sirius Nascar. Goodyear makes three tires, one for short tracks, one for intermediate tracks and one for the super speedways. No fuss, no muss and no having to make 50 different tires. That's the way things were done years ago. There was no tire testing and no different compounds, they just made tires.
I hate goodyear tires

Canton, OH

#6 Mar 12, 2008
I think everybody should stop buying all goodyear tires. They are the most expensive tires on the market and perform the worst. I had a new set on my truck for a year and couldnt stand them anymore, took them of and got coopers.
I hate goodyear tires

Canton, OH

#8 Mar 12, 2008
kunta kinte wrote:
<quoted text>cooper is owned by goodyear idiot.
I dont think so idiot.
Tristen Resource

AOL

#9 Mar 12, 2008
For more than a decade a rubber research organization in Minneapolis has been developing a material that when added to tread reduces rolling resistance, heat, and wear. This material was recently tested and results published by a UK nonprofit organization, WRAP. Goodyear needs to look into this stuff, It may be the solution to the NASCAR tire problem and more...
Tony Stewart is an idiot

Loudonville, OH

#10 Mar 12, 2008
It's kind of ironic that the Craftsman truck series ran on the same tires, the Nationwide series ran on the same tires and neither of them have expressed any of these so called concerns. The major difference between the three series....Sprint Cup cars are all the Car of Today(Tomorrow) design. Hmmmmm......seems maybe Chad Knaus hit it right on the head."There are 5 things that hold a car to the ground, 4 are tires, one is downforce. The car of today doesn't have the downforce as in the past. At 180 m.p.h. if you don't have enough downforce I don't care what kind of tire you have, it's gonna slide. It's also ironic that Tony Stewart owns a race track in Indiana that he has a contract with Hoosier tire, he mentioned Hoosier tire during his interview, wonder what kind of money that brought him. Tony Stewart is a crybaby, I'd love to see a bunch of pacifiers thrown at him at the next race. I think that every USW member ought to boycott Home Depot for the deplorable comments this individual has made about Goodyear.It's no wonder kids are the way they are today when you have high profile idiot's like Tony Stewart wanting to blame everybody but himself for the situation he is in or not in (first place). Maybe if Nascar would insist that the teams run the tires exactly how the Goodyear engineers at the track tell them to (Caster, Camber, air pressure...)the tires would perform exactly how they were designed to.

“Defender of our Constitution”

Since: Nov 07

North Olmsted, OH

#11 Mar 12, 2008
Tony Stewart has the right message, but the wrong delivery. I listened to Elliot Sadler talk about the tire problems in Atlanta yesterday on Sirius, and he made a very compelling case in a very polite manner. Stewart needs to learn that what you say is often not as important as how you say it.

“Defender of our Constitution”

Since: Nov 07

North Olmsted, OH

#13 Mar 12, 2008
Tony Stewart is an idiot wrote:
It's kind of ironic that the Craftsman truck series ran on the same tires, the Nationwide series ran on the same tires and neither of them have expressed any of these so called concerns. The major difference between the three series....Sprint Cup cars are all the Car of Today(Tomorrow) design. Hmmmmm......seems maybe Chad Knaus hit it right on the head."There are 5 things that hold a car to the ground, 4 are tires, one is downforce. The car of today doesn't have the downforce as in the past. At 180 m.p.h. if you don't have enough downforce I don't care what kind of tire you have, it's gonna slide. It's also ironic that Tony Stewart owns a race track in Indiana that he has a contract with Hoosier tire, he mentioned Hoosier tire during his interview, wonder what kind of money that brought him. Tony Stewart is a crybaby, I'd love to see a bunch of pacifiers thrown at him at the next race. I think that every USW member ought to boycott Home Depot for the deplorable comments this individual has made about Goodyear.It's no wonder kids are the way they are today when you have high profile idiot's like Tony Stewart wanting to blame everybody but himself for the situation he is in or not in (first place). Maybe if Nascar would insist that the teams run the tires exactly how the Goodyear engineers at the track tell them to (Caster, Camber, air pressure...)the tires would perform exactly how they were designed to.
The fact that they ran the same tire compound in all three series ought to tell you something. You are correct -- the downforce is the issue. In fact, the Car of Tomorrow has only about half the downforce of the Nationwide series cars. However, Goodyear knows this and should have brought different tires for all three series. The CoT cars have the least downforce and would have benefited from a softer tire. Goodyear knew this and chose to ignore it.

Here is the real crux of the problem. Goodyear had two tire tests in Atlanta -- one late last summer, in preparation for the full test in late October, and a second tire test in December after engineers decided that tire wear was excessive. The problem was that the tire combination that Goodyear brought last Sunday had never been fully tested by teams. So all the drivers and crews that tested in Atlanta in October essentially wasted two days.

In Goodyear's defense, they donít own NASCAR -- the France family does. And itís clearly time for NASCAR to take a much more active and vigorous role in overseeing Goodyearís tire decisions. For years, NASCAR has insisted that it leaves tire matters up to Goodyear because NASCAR isnít expert in that area. Well, NASCAR isnít very expert in designing race cars, either, as the Car of Tomorrow shows, and yet that hasnít stopped it from telling team owners how to build their cars.

The bottom line is that NASCAR needs to get this issue fixed quickly. They have a race coming up quickly at Texas Motor Speedway, which is almost identical to Atlanta and which now promises to be another fiasco unless NASCAR and Goodyear get things straightened out quickly.
screwball

AOL

#14 Mar 12, 2008
TONY IS RIGHT IT ALL COMES DOWN TO MONEY NASCAR KNOWS GOODYEAR IS JUNK THEY KNOW THAT GOODYEAR IS INFERRIOR TO HOOSIER;FIRESTONE,BRIGESTONE BUT THE CRASHES HYPE THE FANS NASCAR IS ALL ABOUT MONEY IT COST THE CAR OWNERS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS TO FIX OR REPAIIR ,REPLACE CARS EACH YEAR THEY RUN GOOD YEAR BY THE WAY ITS BEEN A LONG TIME SINCE GOODYEAR HAD A GOOD YEAR
screwball

AOL

#15 Mar 12, 2008
STOW OH YOUR ARE THE IDIOT THE 18 CAR LEAD ALL BUT A FEW LAPS SHOULD HAVE WON EXCEPT FOR A BLOWOUT WITH A FEW LAPS TO GO WHERE WERE YOU JERK
D OG

Wadsworth, OH

#16 Mar 13, 2008
kunta kinte wrote:
<quoted text>cooper is owned by goodyear idiot.
Actually Cooper is Independent. Dunlop is partly owned by Goodyear.

“Not insane”

Since: Sep 07

Colorado Springs, CO

#17 Mar 13, 2008
Actually, Mike Helton took the blame on TSL Monday night, telling Tony that Goodyear only provided the tires NASCAR asked them to. Apparantly, NASCAR doesn't trust the crew chiefs to correct the tire wear issues they had testing at Atlanta last fall.
It really doesn't matter who came up with the idea; a harder tire for a car that produces less downforce is just plain dumb, as is using the same tire formula for the Sprint Cup car that was used for the Nationwide car.

“Bye old girl, you been great. ”

Since: Feb 07

Bradenton, FL

#18 Mar 13, 2008
Tony Stewart is an idiot wrote:
It's kind of ironic that the Craftsman truck series ran on the same tires, the Nationwide series ran on the same tires and neither of them have expressed any of these so called concerns. The major difference between the three series....Sprint Cup cars are all the Car of Today(Tomorrow) design. Hmmmmm......seems maybe Chad Knaus hit it right on the head."There are 5 things that hold a car to the ground, 4 are tires, one is downforce. The car of today doesn't have the downforce as in the past. At 180 m.p.h. if you don't have enough downforce I don't care what kind of tire you have, it's gonna slide. It's also ironic that Tony Stewart owns a race track in Indiana that he has a contract with Hoosier tire, he mentioned Hoosier tire during his interview, wonder what kind of money that brought him. Tony Stewart is a crybaby, I'd love to see a bunch of pacifiers thrown at him at the next race. I think that every USW member ought to boycott Home Depot for the deplorable comments this individual has made about Goodyear.It's no wonder kids are the way they are today when you have high profile idiot's like Tony Stewart wanting to blame everybody but himself for the situation he is in or not in (first place). Maybe if Nascar would insist that the teams run the tires exactly how the Goodyear engineers at the track tell them to (Caster, Camber, air pressure...)the tires would perform exactly how they were designed to.
you have no clue about racing. If the teams can not mess with the body they only thing they can do is mess with the things you said should be set in stone. Yes they have miniums and sometimes have certain rules this has to be this but to take it all away might as well kill racing.

Also as for kids being the way they are today look no further then the parents rasing the kids. Not Tony Stewart.

“Obama Express”

Since: Dec 06

yes we can*health reform**

#19 Mar 13, 2008
screwball wrote:
STOW OH YOUR ARE THE IDIOT THE 18 CAR LEAD ALL BUT A FEW LAPS SHOULD HAVE WON EXCEPT FOR A BLOWOUT WITH A FEW LAPS TO GO WHERE WERE YOU JERK
a broken schock caused his wreck not the tire.. pay attention...
LUVTONY20

Cookeville, TN

#20 Mar 13, 2008
Would someone explain to me why Goodyear had them practicing on a different tire all week and then 2 days before the race change tires? The tires were too hard and the rear shocks to heavy making it extremely hard for the drivers to control the car. If Nascar won't adjust the Specs of the car then Goodyear needs to provided a softer tire that will have a little give. I'm not an expert on tires, but this does make sense to me. The tires at Atlanta that was used looked almost brand new according to some of the Crew Chiefs.

“At least I'm housebroken.”

Since: Jun 07

Canton, OH

#21 Mar 13, 2008
LUVTONY20 wrote:
Would someone explain to me why Goodyear had them practicing on a different tire all week and then 2 days before the race change tires? The tires were too hard and the rear shocks to heavy making it extremely hard for the drivers to control the car. If Nascar won't adjust the Specs of the car then Goodyear needs to provided a softer tire that will have a little give. I'm not an expert on tires, but this does make sense to me. The tires at Atlanta that was used looked almost brand new according to some of the Crew Chiefs.
You've got it all wrong. They tested different tires at Atlanta last year, not last week. They used a tire with a much softer compound during the tests, and then showed up last week with much harder tires. The tires were so much harder, that the set-ups the teams came up with in the testing session were worthless. That is why all the teams complained about wasting two days on testing.
LUVTONY20

Cookeville, TN

#22 Mar 13, 2008
Thanks. I guess I misunderstood what they were saying on the pre-race Speed report. It didn't make any sense to me either, but I just heard it wrong. But why do you think Goodyear would send a harder tire knowing that the new COT's rear shocks were stronger making the car "bottom out" when it went over a bump, making the car harder to handle. Jeff Gordon stated that he drove white knuckled the entire race cause the car would go all other the place when it hit a bump or a dip. Saying there was no give in the rear. Help me understand that please.

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