Daytona already seems like years ago, but the sight of that pothole brings it all screaming right back. In response to fears and complaints, Daytona will repave the track for the first time since 1978, but the schedule for repaving might prove a little dicey.
Here's the deal. Repaving can't begin until after the Coke Zero 400 in July. And it's projected to take six months, but you know how road-improvement projects go. Thing is, 2011 Speedweeks begins just over a month later, meaning Goodyear won't have much time to get a tire prepared for a completely untested surface.
Goodyear officials indicated to Fox Sports that they have prepared a number of scenarios -- testing is reportedly scheduled to take place on January 15, track pending -- and the company will be storing up an inventory of 8,000 tires for Daytona events, up from the normal 6,000.
The repaving will be done by Lane Construction, which recently repaved Talladega, so it's not like Goodyear will be going in completely blind. Still, after 2009's rain and 2010's pothole, it'd be a shame indeed -- and a sign that somebody's seriously snakebit -- if the 2011 Daytona became another blown tire fiesta.
Daytona repaving has Goodyear racing the clock [Fox Sports]