First off- I am going to start with the end of the race: Was that not an exciting finish to the race? It’s too bad that not all races can be that exciting: with four cars bumping and banging and digging hard for the win during those final laps. I am sure more people would watch the races if they were hearing NASCAR fans talking about THAT at the water cooler on Monday. Those last several laps even had me forgetting, if just for a moment, how dismal of a race my driver was having. Of course it didn’t help that my driver’s race was so crappy that during the last 150 laps or so- he hardly said a word on the radio. A quiet Tony? Is usually a pissed off Tony.
I have had tires on the brain lately. Mostly because I think that its time to get new ones on my HHR- the current ones have just under 50k on them so it’s probably about time. Unfortunately since they are those fancy low profile suckers- I am pretty sure that they will cost me an arm and a leg. I might as well get to sawing them off now so that I can pay for the tires when the time comes.
Anyway, as most NASCAR fans know- Goodyear is the official tire of NASCAR- and every NASCAR Sprint cup series car (and NATIONWIDE series too) will take the green flag with four Goodyear Eagle racing tires underneath it. I have been fortunate enough to have pit passes (sidebar: just the kind you can buy at the track- nothing like those fancy hot or cold garage passes that I would DIE to have…ok not die because then what would be the point since I’d be dead and wouldn’t be able to use them- but I am SURE you get the point. So if you are reading this and you can hook me up for two cold garage passes for LVMS in March check out the ABOUT tab for how to contact me or leave me a comment on this entry- sorry for the shameless act of begging. AMY) for different races on the west coast and I love walking the pits and taking pictures. Invaribly I will end up with pictures of tires. Tires stacked, tires laid out in rows, the specially made tire dolly the crew guys use to transport tires from the Goodyear area to their pits, the “stickers” that indicate the tires are new, and my favorite shot to get- crew members gluing lugnuts onto to tires on Sunday morning. At one track…I believe it was Fontana- I actually ended up walking right through the area the Goodyear guys were set up in in the pit area and was fascinated to watch them setting up the tires for the race. I could have stood there and watched longer but I was in danger of melting into a big puddle- because the Auto Club Speedway in the Fall..is almost always HOT!
Back to tires. As we all know and will no doubt be told a bazillion times between now and Sunday- Daytona went through a historic repave. They didn’t just resurface Daytona- they dug it up down to the sand and put down new surface all the way around that sucker. However did you know that the tire they are using at Daytona was developed before the repave was completed? The fascinating part is that they knew the repave would most likely be similar to the Talladega repave of 2006 because it was being done by the same company. So that’s how they were able to get a useable compound for Daytona. Just a little fun fact for you.
Another fun thing I have for you is this little video from Goodyear. It’s got a little bit of everything for the NASCAR fan including driver commentary and some behind the scenes looks at Goodyear…I thought it was pretty interesting. I hope you will too:
Oh and am I not on a roll with witty titles for posts lately??