Goodyear is coming off its first race back and looks ahead as NASCAR returns to racing in all three national series.
This past Sunday’s Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway was the first since March 8 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the first in a busy stretch of racing because of the changes to schedule.
"I think NASCAR had a good plan as we opened up racing," said Greg Stucker, Goodyear Director of Racing. "We’ve been working with them very closely for the last several weeks to figure out what our role is in that schedule. I think we’re off to a great start and we’re just going to have to continue to be nimble and adjust as we need to."
Prior to the shutdown, Goodyear already had tires produced for the original schedule through May. Although Darlington wasn’t set to be one of the races, Goodyear had those tires ready because Homestead-Miami Speedway (originally March 22) uses the same combination. The races for Homestead-Miami are now scheduled for June 13-14.
With its Innovation Center Manufacturing plant in Akron, Ohio recently opening back up for the first time since March, Goodyear will continue to adapt to any more announcements to the schedules. They also are adjusting to the number of tires produced due to event schedule changes that currently see no practice and qualifying.
"We’re in good shape as we work through this next series of events, but beyond that we’ve been working with NASCAR and staying very close on what the next events are so we can make sure that we’re producing the right tires," Stucker said. "That’s going to be the challenge from here on out."
Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway will have qualifying and Stucker said the tires will once again carry the "Honor and Remember" logo for Memorial Day weekend.
"We’re glad to be part of the NASCAR Salutes weekend and looking forward to it."
You can hear more of MRN’s conversation with Stucker on "MRN Outloud!" with Woody Cain Thursday at MRN.com.