Coming off crash at Vegas, Stewart criticizes Goodyear quality
Nascanner.com: Tony Stewart Complains about the Quality of the offical provider of Rubber for NASCAR. Tony took a pretty bad hit in Las Vegas last week. He realted to reporters that, "There isn't anybody, who is happy with the tires".
Not a good thing to complain publically on a NASCAR sponcer. Tony should deal with this issue within the NASCAR universe. Now that it is out, does this mean that Goodyear is providing poor quaility? Your input?
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HAMPTON, Ga. — Tony Stewart took a hard lick last Sunday at Las Vegas when his right front tire blew out.
The two-time Cup champion wasn't injured, but he was still seething after arriving at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"There isn't anybody, I don't think, who is happy with the tires we have got," Stewart said. "After 10 years in the Cup Series, you learn to be highly disappointed with everything that Goodyear does."
Stewart pointed out that the tires at Las Vegas were inconsistent, with some going a full fuel run without a problem and others wearing quickly.
"I expect it to be wacky this week, too. I hate to say it, but the best thing that Goodyear does is make that gold trophy at the end of the year," Stewart added, referring to the gold car model that is given by the tire company to each year's champion. "That is one thing that they always do right. Everything from that moment on until the end of the year, it's a crapshoot. You never know what you're going to get when you get here.
"This weekend is proof of it. I don't think you will hear a driver here who is happy with the tires we got this weekend."
Justin Fantozzi, marketing manager for Goodyear Racing, the exclusive tire supplier for NASCAR's top three series, said Saturday that the company is still gathering and analyzing data from Las Vegas, but he was confident it brought good tires to Atlanta.
Tony Stewart Smoke Goodyear Tires
In an interview during Cup practice today Tony Stewart gave Goodyear a scathing review regarding the tires being used at Atlanta. He said the cold temps were hiding Goodyear's incompetence. He then went on to say "It's a shame the world's number one racing series has to be this way" And last said "that's what happens when they (Goodyear) pays to have an exclusive deal."
The reason I put this as a thread is it's unusual for a driver to dis Goodyear this strongly. It has always seemed to me there is an unwritten rule to cool it in your criticism of Goodyear. Even the announcers appear to follow this rule. It will be interesting to see what the reaction of NASCAR and Goodyear is.
Tony Stewart took a hard lick last Sunday at Las Vegas when his right front tire blew out.
The two-time Cup champion wasn’t injured, but he was still seething after arriving at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
“There isn’t anybody, I don’t think, who is happy with the tires we have got,” Stewart said. “After 10 years in the Cup Series, you learn to be highly disappointed with everything that Goodyear does.NASCAR