Goodyear, NHRA Comp Eliminator at Gators

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Santangelo wins Comp at Gators on Goodyear


            GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 15, 2015) – Joe Santangelo, the Marlborough, Conn. drag racer, won the Competition Eliminator final in the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway.

            Santangelo’s victory was his second Comp win in national event competition and his ninth national win overall. He won here on Goodyear’s D2051 drag racing tire.

            Five drivers won their category on Goodyear tires at the Gatornationals.

            Santangelo’s win in Comp came against Al Ackerman. Both cars were equipped with Goodyear tires.

            Santangelo’s 1934 Chevrolet roadster had a set of Goodyear D2051 on the back. The D2051 measures 33 inches by 17 inches and mounts on a 15-inch wheel. Goodyear’s D4A tread compound is part of the construction.

            Comp is among the most diverse categories in all of drag racing. The cars vary from roadsters like Santangelo’s to small, light econo dragsters and even full-bodied cars. The cars in the category are powered by an equally wide range of power plants.

            Goodyear is the most popular tire provider in the class, where competition is open among tiremakers. Five of the eight cars that advanced to the quarterfinals in Comp raced on Goodyear tires.

            Goodyear employs about 69,000 people at manufacturing plants and facilities in 22 nations. Based in Akron, Ohio, Goodyear is among the largest tiremakers in the world and is the worldwide leader in race tire innovation.