Listening to Sunday's radio chatter and the consequent conversation on Twitter, it was clear that the current combination was a struggle for many of the competitors. Goodyear provided teams with the same left-side tires at the 1.5-mile track since 2012, the right-side tires were first run at Charlotte in the All-Star Race – as well as in the XFINITY Series race last Saturday. Teams first tested the tire in December with the new rules package for the Gen 6 cars. A confirmation test followed on March 10 performed by Martin Truex Jr., Aric Almirola, Kasey Kahne and J.J. Yeley.
Introduced in 2013, the multi-zone tread tire incorporates two different compounds – one as a safety measure, the other for traction. The inside two inches is a more durable compound designed to resist heat. The "endurance zone" compound was used at Texas earlier this season. The outside 10 inches of tire features a tread intended to provide more grip for the drivers, hence the "traction zone". Still, as NASCAR attempts to solve its aero issues with the 2015 car package – and develop another set of rules for 2016 – the onus has been put on Goodyear to provide a tire that will enhance the competition.
"We have had a lot of discussions with NASCAR over the last couple of weeks and have covered everything from hard tires to super soft tires," Stu Grant, Goodyear's general manager of global race tires told Motorsport.com. "There is no clear direction at the moment. I would say it is a work in progress to figure out what the future rule package would be. Everything has been mentioned at one point over the last two weeks. We're fine as long as it's in the discussion stages but when it comes down to determining a strategy and a direction for a rules package and you start manufacturing tires and generating data, that's the long-leadb time item. You can talk all you want to about soft, hard, whatever tire but what we need to do is get some consensus on where we want to go and then say, alright Goodyear, this is where we want to go. But we need to get it finalized." Motorsport