Kyle Larson approves NASCAR short-track rain tires after testing

Kyle Larson approves NASCAR short-track rain tires after testing

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HMS driver Kyle Larson enjoyed getting to test run on a wet Martinsville Speedway Thursday evening and felt very confident the brand Goodyear has a product that could be used immediately in racing conditions if needed.

NASCAR organised a wet-weather test at the Virginia paperclip to discover if it might be possible to use rain tires on short tracks in the future. NASCAR Officials are not committing to doing so, However they are gathering data from the test where Kyle Larson drove his Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, and Chris Buescher of Roush Fenway Racing put his Ford on track.

“We tested some damp conditions with some different tires, and that was fun; I don’t really have much wet weather experience,” Larson said in a video posted to the official NASCAR Twitter account. “So, that was cool to try to figure that out, and honestly, (it) didn’t drive way different. Could still slow down good, turn good, drive off was easy to spin your tires, but other than that, it was kind of fun to chase the grip throughout the portions when it would start drying.

“It was pretty fun, and I think they’ve got a good product that we could honestly start racing with right away if we needed to on these short tracks.”

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NASCAR senior Vice President of racing innovation John Probst stated that , officials tested different tire compounds. There were wet-weather tires meant for road courses and then racetrack-specific tires that were grooved to get the moisture away.


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