It was announced today that there will be testing done on wet weather tires at Martinsville Speedway to explore the possibility of using rain tires at short tracks moving forward.
According to Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief racing development officer, the intent of this testing is to see if rain tires are feasible on a short rack in order to return to racing after inclement weather sooner. The drivers participating in this testing are Kyle Larson and Chris Buescher on a track that will be wet from rain in the forecast Wednesday.
“I think the overall goal is anything we can do to speed up the drying process, regardless of the technology, to allow us to get back to racing more quickly is a benefit to the fans,” O’Donnell said. “We’re always trying to innovate, and you saw that with what we’ve done around the track-drying system and that’s worked out well.”
He added, “If you’ve looked at what the teams have been able to do with more road racing coming into the fold, the idea of short tracks and could we work with Goodyear to find a tire that would allow us to get back to racing sooner under wet-weather conditions.”
The testing will take place on Thursday, April 1st and will be ran in coordination with NASCAR and Goodyear tires.
When asked if this could possibly be an April Fool’s Day prank, the executive VP shot back while laughing, “It just happens to fall on April Fools’ Day. But no, this is a real thing and a real test, and we’ll be happy to report back April 2nd on how it went.”