Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tire Woes Leave Drivers, Fans Flat; NASCAR Apologizes for Problems at the Race in Indianapolis

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tire Woes Leave Drivers, Fans Flat; NASCAR Apologizes for Problems at the Race in Indianapolis

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Byline: DON COBLE

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. plans to return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the next four months to start testing tires for future races.

The company's response to Sunday's Allstate 400 was expected. Tire wear was so excessive that failures were prominent in less than 12 laps.

There were so many problems, pace-car driver Brett Bodine wound up leading the second-most laps - 52. Jimmie Johnson, who won the race, led the most at 69.

NASCAR apologized for the tire problems that frustrated drivers and fans alike.

"I can't say enough how sorry we are, and it's our responsibility, being NASCAR, that we don't go through this situation again," Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition, told the Associated Press.

"The race didn't come off like we had hoped. The fans didn't get what they exactly wanted, and we'll do everything in our power. It won't happen again. I can tell you that much."

Not only will Goodyear try to find a better tire for the future, NASCAR suggested it might need to look at the way tires are tested before a race. …

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