Monday and Tuesday, May 7-8, 3-time Winston Cup Champion Jeff Gordon and the defending 2000 Winston Cup Champion Bobby Labonte, took part in a Goodyear tire test at Chicagoland Speedway. The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, the official provider of tires for NASCAR, tested several tire compounds that will be used in future races at Chicagoland Speedway. In preparation for the inaugural Tropicana 400 on July 15th, Goodyear also tested tire compounds from several other similar tracks on the circuit that might possibly be used for the July race. The testing session consisted of both cars running 10 to 15 laps, and then returning to the garage to receive their results and tune their car, as well as give feedback to the Goodyear technicians. ?Goodyear?s tire test is an important day for the track, as well as for Goodyear and the teams. Feedback from the drivers about how the track feels is crucial for all those involved,? said Joie Chitwood, vice president and general manger of Chicagoland Speedway. Both Gordon and Labonte were pleased with the track and commented on its unique design. ?This is a beautiful facility. The slightly bowed back stretch, smooth transitions and great grips in the turns will make for some exciting side-by-side racing,? said Labonte. Gordon added, ?They really have a great race track here. It is definitely unique and unlike any other track on the circuit today. I can?t find anything I don?t like about it.? Throughout the year Goodyear tests tire compounds at various tracks and brings along NASCAR teams to assist them in their testing. ?Even though the tire test is for Goodyear and not necessarily for the teams, we definitely wanted to take advantage of this opportunity, especially because this is a new facility.? said Gordon. ?Anytime you can be the first to test on a track, it is definitely an advantage. I?m glad we came here and I?m looking forward to coming back in here in July.? Chicagoland Speedway will host the Tropicana 400 NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the Hills Bros Busch Series races on July 14th and 15th.
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