(LMS) -- CONCORD, N.C. (March 18, 2009) - Goodyear concluded a two-day tire test Wednesday at Lowe's Motor Speedway as the tire manufacturer prepared for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600.
Assisting Goodyear in gathering data for the test was a driver from each manufacturer represented in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series-Marcos Ambrose in the No. 46 Toyota, Jimmie Johnson in the No. 48 Chevrolet, Kasey Kahne in the No. 9 Dodge, and Paul Menard in the No. 98 Ford.
Each of the drivers expressed their approval of the tire compound that Goodyear brought to the famous 1.5-mile quad-oval, the same tire first introduced in competition at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in early March.
"I'm very encouraged by this tire and talking with (Goodyear's) engineers, they plan to run this tire a lot more and start working it in,"
said Johnson, a three-time winner of the Coca-Cola 600. "It (the tire) was new in Las Vegas but hopefully this is a tire we can use at a lot of places to bring some stability back. There's a lot of speed out there right now and with comfort comes speed. That's really what it boils down to."
One of Johnson's biggest rivals at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Kahne, echoed Johnson's praise for the tire.
"Goodyear has done a great job over the past six months to a year in developing a tire you can race side-by-side on," said Kahne, two-time winner and defending champion of the Coca-Cola 600. "This car threw some different things at them at first, but I think Las Vegas was a huge improvement and I think that same tire will be good here."
Each driver also participated in question-and-answer fan forums during the lunch hour from pit road. Ticket holders for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events in May at Lowe's Motor Speedway were allowed to watch today's test session and participate in the fan forums from a special infield viewing area.
Tickets for the NASCAR race events at Lowe's Motor Speedway, including the May 16 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the 50th running of the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24, are on sale now and can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at www.lowesmotorspeedway.com. Convenient payment plan options and affordable multi-day ticket packages are available.
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