Thursday’s take a look at at Martinsville Speedway goals to find out whether or not rain tyres could possibly be possible at some quick tracks sooner or later.
Kyle Larson will pilot the #5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and Chris Buescher will pilot the #17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford on a dampened monitor.
NASCAR first used rain tyres in an official nationwide sequence occasion again in 2008 on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve highway course in Montreal.
Cup automobiles used rain tyres for the primary time throughout 2020’s Charlotte Roval occasion, however by no means earlier than on an full oval.
“I believe the general purpose is something we will do to hurry up the drying course of, whatever the know-how, to permit us to get again to racing extra shortly is a profit to the followers,” NASCAR government vp and chief racing growth officer Steve O’Donnell instructed NASCAR.com.
“We’re all the time attempting to innovate, and also you noticed that with what we’ve accomplished across the track-drying system and that’s labored out properly. We’ve all the time checked out what’s the following iteration.
“In case you’ve checked out what the groups have been capable of do with extra highway racing coming into the fold, the concept of quick tracks and will we work with Goodyear to discover a tyre that will permit us to get again to racing sooner underneath wet-weather situations.”
NASCAR’s purpose appears to be much less about racing within the rain on quick ovals, however making it doable to get again racing on a humid monitor as quickly because the rain stops.
It’s unknown how early it might be doable for Goodyear to produce a rain tyre following the take a look at, however O’Donnell says it might implement it as shortly as doable if the take a look at produced good outcomes.
“[It’s] too early to inform,” admitted O’Donnell. “However I might say if this labored and we felt snug with it — and that will be each Goodyear and response from the drivers and groups — that is one thing we’d look to implement as shortly as we might.
“Everyone knows that if we will ship a race on time or shorten these delays, that’s a profit to all the trade.”