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Anonymous asked in SportsAuto RacingNASCAR · 1 decade ago

Why is Goodyear the only tire manufacturer in NASCAR?

On my passenger car I prefer Michelin tires, why aren't there any other brand of tires used in NASCAR racing?

11 Answers

  • crunch
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    When NASCAR is born in 1947, the race tire market was solely dominated by the Firestone Tire Company.

    NASCAR's emerging popularity in 1954 gets noticed by Goodyear and they re-enter the competition by using police car tires at the now 4-year old Darlington speedway, and finally defeats Firestone five years later establishing a new speed record with Jim Reed at this same track. 1966 is a milestone year for the racing tire industry when Firestone and Goodyear started manufacturing the "Inner Liner Safety Spare", called Lifeguard for NASCAR racing.

    The two tire giants will alternate victories and speed records when Firestone stops producing racing tires in 1974.

    Goodyear remains the sole supplier until 1987, when a company from Indiana, Hoosier, starts supplying racing tires, first in the NASCAR Busch Grand National series, then in Winston Cup racing, where Hoosier wins several races.

    It is interesting to notice that all tires manufactured so far are bias-ply type, when in Europe Michelin had long ago invented and patented the radial tire. The story doesn't tell if Michelin's patent expired, was bought or turned around, but in 1990, Goodyear proposes the Eagle radial race tire which immediately proves considerably superior to the now obsolete bias-ply tire. This puts a temporary end to Hoosier's contribution in NASCAR Winston Cup. The following years see new generations of tires and improvements of the inner liner.

    Hoosier tries returning to Winston Cup but succeeds to win only 3 races during the 1994 season and withdraws from Winston Cup and Busch Grand National, to concentrate on the smaller series, such as Winston West and Featherlite.

    One reason Hoosier pulled out is although only a handfull of teams used their tires, they were required to bring enough tires for the full field for a full race in case the Goodyears proved inadequate. Bankruptcy was a real threat.

    Goodyear is the prefered company as they are willing and able to design and build tires to suit the different tracks and NASCAR's wishes to change the hardness of the compounds to suit NASCAR's desires, not the teams.

  • Ed P
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    They have the exclusive rights as the only Tire Manufacture for Nascar by contract--Firestone and Hoosier tires were used back in the past I think it was 1995-1996 when Goodyear won out. Firestone I believe dropped out in the late 60s and Hoosier dropped out in 1994 0r 1995!!!!!

  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Used Hoosier Tires

  • 1 decade ago

    Because they have a contract with nascar. Their tires are manufactured to uphold the high demands they need for performance. Plus all the money!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Goodyear has been with nascar since the very begining...Thats the bread and butter for them..Just imagine the cost of a tire then how many they use!!!The advertisment is big bucks!@!!!.It,s too bad we lost union 76 gas they were with them a long time also...We don,t have any sunoco,s in the west coast...

  • 1 decade ago

    It's called advertising- that's what makes Nascar money.

  • 5 years ago

    Interesting thread!

  • Zach
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    No because if they used different tires then people would complane about how others are cheating.

    Source(s): ME
  • 1 decade ago

    because of one word.....MONEY.....Hoosier has tried, but Goodyear has a contract that I don't see getting broke

  • 5 years ago

    I was thinking to ask this too

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