With less than two months from the first race weekend at Iowa Speedway, drivers are already taking laps at the 7/8ths-mile oval in Newton, Iowa.
On Monday, drivers from the NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the K&N West Pro Series are taking part in a Goodyear Tire Test.
NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Reed Sorenson is among those taking part in the test. The test is an invaluable way to gauge the track conditions year after year and provide feedback to ensure a quality race for fans and safe race for drivers.
"We do our best to give them good feedback," Sorenson said. "You just concentrate when they change tires and tell the what they are doing. The better feedback we give them it helps to make a decision on what to bring (on race day)."
Goodyear is the official tire of NASCAR. Their brand of tire is used in all NASCAR events. Therefore, in order to provide the perfect tire compound used by teams on race day, Goodyear performs a tire test in which drivers from the Nationwide, Camping World and K&N West Pro Series test take part.
"As our track surface changes the Goodyear race tires need to adapt to continue providing that three- and sometimes four-wide racing fans are accustomed to at Iowa Speedway," track president and CEO Jerry Jauron said.
Iowa Speedway is less than two months from the first major race weekend of the 2011 season. May 21 and 22 will feature the ASA Midwest Tour and the NASCAR Nationwide Series race.