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Goodyear looks ahead with Daytona tire test

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Goodyear looks ahead with Daytona tire test

Goodyear officials will conduct a two-day tire test at Daytona International Speedway April 16-17, with 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams tentatively scheduled to attend. 

According to a release from track officials, Kasey Kahne and Regan Smith (Hendrick Motorsports), Danica Patrick (Stewart-Haas Racing), Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Roush Fenway Racing), Jamie McMurray (Earnhardt Ganassi Racing), Trevor Bayne (Wood Brothers Racing), Austin Dillon (Circle Sport) will participate in the test. Joe Gibbs Racing is also expected to attend, although no driver was named to represent the organization.

Teams will test under the lights on April 16, taking to the track from 5-10 p.m. The following day, testing will be conducted from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Although NASCAR teams competed at the 2.5-mile track earlier this year with no issues, Goodyear's Greg Stucker said at the time that the tire supplier is always looking ahead and seeking out ways to improve its on-track product.

"We had a couple of other things we wanted to try and implement, try and work into the recommendation (for Daytona)," he said prior to this year's Daytona 500. "But we always like to do that with some racing under our belt before we come to the Daytona 500.

"So we would come (back) here, evaluate some of those things, see if some of those made sense on a superspeedway."

If that's the case, he said, the changes could be implemented for either the July race in Daytona or the fall stop at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway before returning to Daytona in February of 2014. 

The same tire package is used at the two tracks.

Officials have also tentatively scheduled tire tests for Indianapolis (April 30-May 1) as well as New Hampshire Motor Speedway (May 14-15).

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