DANVILLE, Va.—The drivers in NASCAR's Winston Cup and Busch Cup racing series compete on Goodyear tires through an exclusive contract. Now the Akron-based company wants the trucks that bring these cars to the track to be riding on Goodyears, as well. The tire maker will provide the newly introduced G397LHS steer tire to NASCAR transport teams for free during the 1999 season.
Barry Petrea, marketing manager for commercial tires, said Goodyear introduced the program at a first-ever tire maintenance and management seminar, held in February at Florida's Daytona International Speedway the week before the first races of the NASCAR season. It was attended by car transport drivers and team managers from about 100 racing teams.
``They're not going to turn down a set of free tires,'' Mr. Petrea said. He expects most of the teams to participate, but they are not obligated to use Goodyear tires on their transport trucks.
A NASCAR transport typically travels about 60,000 miles each season.
Goodyear also will enroll teams in the ``4-TIRES-NOW'' 24-hour emergency road service program. It features a toll-free phone number for tire-related emergency road service and tracking of tire performance with Goodyear's TVTRACK electronic tracking program.