Several NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams are testing tires for Goodyear today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The two-day test will conclude on Wednesday as the speedway was reserved for other activity on Tuesday.
Among those testing today were A.J. Allmendinger, Joey Logano, Paul Menard and Juan Pablo Montoya.
Allmendinger drives the No. 43 Best Buy Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports. While a crewman admitted there’s not much technical data to gain during a tire test, his driver viewed it as an opportunity to sharpen his skills.
“We’re just working with Goodyear, testing different tire combinations today,” Allmendinger said. “We’re working on a tire for next year’s race here.
“I’ve struggled on the mile-and-a-half tracks and Las Vegas is my worst. This place is tough. It’s my Achilles’ heel. So any time you can be in a car here, that helps. But it’s better to be coming here from Texas, where we did pretty well on Sunday (10th place) as opposed to coming here from a short track like Martinsville, for instance. I can take what I learned Sunday and it will help me here, especially since we only race here once a year. Any extra laps I can get here are good.”
The Goodyear tire tests are not open to the public.
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