Goodyear pleased with Indy tire tests

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Goodyear says it's pleased with its latest tests at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where faulty tires last summer turned the NASCAR Allstate 400 at the Brickyard into a series of 10- to 12-lap sprints.

The tiremaker says the private tests Monday and Tuesday with Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, Patrick Carpentier, Bill Elliott, Robby Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Juan Pablo Montoya, Tony Stewart and David Stremme came with weather and track conditions near what is expected for the July 26 race.

Goodyear race tire sales director Greg Stucker says several runs were more than 30 laps, which is close to the normal 32-lap window for fuel on the 2 1/2-mile oval.

It was Goodyear's sixth test at Indianapolis since last year, and a final test of the new tire combination is scheduled June 15-16 with 12 drivers.

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