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Goodyear Tests Daytona, Readies For July Race

AKRON, OHIO (Friday, May 8, 2009) -- The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company continued its summer testing program with a visit to Daytona International Speedway this past week. The tire manufacturer was at the famed speedway with 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup teams on Monday and Tuesday, testing several tire combinations that will help the cars drive with more stability while jockeying around in the draft.

Participating in this week's two-day tests were Chrevrolet drivers Aric Almirola. Mark Martin and Clint Bowyer; Dodge driver A.J. Allmendinger and Sam Hornish; Ford drivers Jamie McMurray and Paul Menard; and Toyota drivers Marcos Ambrose, Joey Logano and Scott Speed.

"We tested at Daytona this week because we're continually trying to improve the tire package there," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear's Director of Race Tire Sales. "Even though its a superspeedway of two-and-a-half miles, it requires a good handling package. Now that we have more of a history with the COT at Daytona, we felt like we could give the drivers some more grip and enhance the cars' stability in the multi-car packs. The test went very well, and we accomplished a lot over the two days. The teams worked through all the tire combinations we brought, and I believe we've got some good options to review in determining the final tire set-up for July."

Goodyear will finalize it's tire recommendation this coming week for Daytona's Coke Zero 400 scheduled for July 3-4.