Rick Hendrick & his drivers have opposing views on tires.

Posted on: March 27, 2014 by: leftturns190

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Rick Hendrick doesn’t seem to understand that race tires are built with different motivations than street tires for mini vans:

“You’re not supposed to race where you have to worry about not pushing the car to save a tire,” Hendrick said at an appearance to promote an auto fair next week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “That’s not the way you’re supposed to race. I don’t care what anybody says, that’s not the way you’re supposed to race.”

Goodyear officials said was the result of wear because he was trying to make the tire last two fuel runs.

I guess Rick has the opposite opinion of his championship driver who had this to say last year: “We need tire fall off and tire wear”

Johnson even believes we should use abrasive asphalt to make tires wear out even faster! Technology has created glass-smooth pavement that has been laid at nearly 20 tracks in the past decade

“There are a lot of smart people in the garage and abroad. If we start focusing on tracks I think an easy route is to use some of the older aggregate (paving compound) on these tracks. This new stuff that they have used at a variety of different race tracks, it lasts a long time. It doesn’t wear the tire out. I’m sure it’s a smart decision when you are looking at your bookkeeping at the end of the year. You don’t have to resurface the track as often, but I don’t think it’s helpful for good racing. We need tire fall off and tire wear in order to do that.”

Rick’s other driver Kasey Kahne agrees:

If you put softer tires on it, you might be able to go faster,” said the Hendrick Motorsports driver, whose No. 5 Chevrolet will start Sunday in the same position where it finished last week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Dale Junior has also made many comments that older track surfaces make for better racing due to tire fall off and wider grooves.

Real race tires are SUPPOSED to fall off! They start off soft and sticky, and because of that, they wear out quicker. Race tires used to be designed to last one fuel run – if you took care of them! Hard, last forever tires is why we had all that single file, no passing racing. I guess that worked out well for Rick and he wants to keep it that way.

Real race tires are soft and grippy, but wear out quicker than hard, no traction tires. The boring racing we’ve had in recent years is due in large part to the hard tires we started running which have given us single file, no passing races! Comments like Rick’s where he’s trying to blame tires, when it was his team’s fault for running a too aggressive tire abusing setup and too low tire pressures are why we have these hard terrible race tires in the first place.

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