Goodyear, NHRA TAD at Gators

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Meyer wins in TAD at NHRA Gatornationals


            GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 15, 2015) – Randy Meyer may have redesigned the off-season for drag racers.

            Meyer, a resident of Spring Hill, Kansas, captured his seventh career national event win in NHRA competition when he won the Top Alcohol Dragster category at the Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway.

            “That was our first outing (of the season),” Meyer said. “We hadn’t even started the car since Reading last year. We didn’t do any testing or anything.”

            Meyer used a set of Goodyear’s D1230 racing slicks on the back of his dragster. The D1230 measures 36 inches tall, 17 inches across the tread face and mounts on a 16-inch wheel. Goodyear uses its D2A tread compound on the D1230.

            The veteran driver said the D1230, “Gives us good wheel speed without having too much wheel speed. It’s a very manageable tire.”

            The track temperatures were the highest of the young season Sunday, reaching over 120 degrees under a cloudless sky.

            “The track was really good and the temperature was hot but it was pretty consistent and the NHRA Safety Safari does a really good job,” Meyer said. “We had a really good set of tires, they were left over from last year.”

            He said the tires he won the Gatornationals on had about 10 runs on them. He expects to get as many as 30 competitive passes on that set of 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.