If Sprint Cup drivers’ comments during today’s Goodyear tire test at Kansas Speedway are an indication, we can expect to see track records fall next month on the 1.5-mile oval.
More than a dozen Sprint Cup teams were represented in the test, with Goodyear allowing each team to field one car. As reported earlier by NBCSN contributor and USA Today’s Nate Ryan, the test was designed to confirm the tire manufacturer’s choice for the Kansas night race on May 10 – the 11th race of the 2014 season.
“The speeds are going to increase,” Brian Vickers said to reporters at the track. “What we’re working on today is to come up with a great tire to provide great racing. Goodyear is always in constant pursuit of that.
“Sometimes we nail it, sometimes we miss a little bit. But for night racing, speeds typically increase, and that always presents extra challenges.”
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. also said that he expects the speeds to go up, but especially hopes that the racing groove will continue to grow.
“It seemed like the groove gets more spread out through the corners, and the winter this year looks like it’s aged it pretty quick,” he said. “So it’s a good thing. Hopefully, we can pick out the right tires today so we can have some good racing when we come back.”
Rodney Childers, Kevin Harvick’s crew chief
Holmatro, a long-time partner of INDYCAR and title sponsor of the Holmatro Safety Team, have renewed a long-standing partnership that will see Holmatro and INDYCAR continue their partnership in a five-year contract extension.
“Holmatro has been a trusted partner and supplier in Indy car racing for more than 20 years,” said president of competition and operations Jay Frye. “Holmatro’s growth parallels some of the great strides made in safety for INDYCAR drivers and teams. We’re pleased to see this partnership continue, as it is a great benefit to everyone in the paddock.”
Holmatro’s relationship with INDYCAR dates back to 1991, when they first supplied tools to the safety team of the CART sanctioned PPG IndyCar World Series. Holmatro branding will continue to be featured on the firesuits, vehicles, and transporters of INDYCAR’s safety team throughout the agreement.
“Holmatro is extremely pleased to extend our partnership with INDYCAR for another five years,” said Tony Barboza, general manager for Holmatro. “We’re extremely proud to be affiliated with the premier on-track safety team in the world. Members of the safety team serve on their home fire departments when not at INDYCAR events and, like them, we believe in constant improvement and innovation. When the race is for life, you can count on the INDYCAR Safety Team and Holmatro rescue tools.”