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Monday, July 16, 2012

Fans can attend bonus tire test scheduled for July 30 at Michigan Speedway

After June's tire debacle at MIS, during which new tires had to be trucked in before Sunday's race, they are not taking any chances for August.

About 20 teams are planning to come MIS on July 30 for a tire test. The one-day test will help determine the best option for Goodyear to bring to the August race.

Smart move, I say. Better to be safe than sorry.

"This test will help Goodyear select a tire that is more compatible with the fast Michigan racing surface, and improve an already competitive race weekend from start to finish," NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said, "Goodyear invited a majority of teams to Michigan, and we'll work together on all elements to put on the best show possible for our fans."

The track will open the Turn 1 Grandstand from 9 am to 5 pm on July 30 for fans to watch the test free of charge. "This is a unique opportunity for fans to see the drivers again test the repaved racing surface," MIS President Roger Curtis said. "We expect to see numerous drivers and teams continue to prepare for the upcoming Pure Michigan 400. The test falls at a perfect time for our fans as they get a chance to see cars on track between our two races."

Testing times, track schedule and drivers are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances. Fans are asked to park in Lot 10 off US 12 and enter the grandstands through Gate 17, just behind the water tower. The restroom facilities will be open and concession stands will be available. Fans are also allowed to bring in coolers that meet the MIS grandstand gate policies for any race weekend. All race tickets are on sale at or by phone at 800-354-1010,


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