Tires are often a point of contention, and ultimately, a point of failure during NASCAR races, and the weekend at Arizona’s ISM Raceway was no different. No. 2 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, Brad Keselowski said everyone pushes the limits and goes beyond Goodyear’s recommendations.
It should come at no surprise that teams push the limits of their four tires. Like everything else related to racing in NASCAR, teams are looking for a competitive edge and advantage, pushing the limits of their equipment. That includes tire pressures.
Goodyear, who provides the tires for every team in the NASCAR garages provides recommended tire pressures for each tire at each track on the NASCAR schedules.
“Do you drive 45 miles an hour on a divided highway every time?” Keselowski asked reporters in the media center.
“Do you never go over the speed limit? Do you know American speed limits?”
Keselowski said the analogy he was trying to get across was that everyone pushes the limits and recommendations.
“There is not a single team following the Goodyear recommendations,” he said.
“So yeah, I’m pretty sure that that is just one of those things in the book,” Keselowski added.
Tire and Tire Compound
Keselowski said overall, his team was happy with the tire and tire compound Goodyear brought to the fall 2018 ISM Raceway weekend.
“Oh, we didn’t have any issues,” he said.
“…we were really good. My understanding is the guys that had tire issues ran over debris. But I might be wrong. I don’t know. I had limited vision in the car to be able to see that.”
One More Race in 2018
The No. 2 Team Penske driver joins the rest of the MENCS field next weekend, Sunday, November 18th in the final race of the 2018 season — the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Keselowski’s teammate, Joey Logano is in the hunt for the 2018 championship, along with Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex, Jr.