Thanks will keep that in mind.Me and you haven't seen eye to eye on a lot of things over the years but give me a shout next time you're in the area and we'll get a bite to eat. Was the track open to spectators today or just press?
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Andy thanks so much for posting that link and all those pics. WOW! Great the see the Rock looking that good!Thanks will keep that in mind.
Today was supposed to be a secret and they weren’t expecting any media to find out about it and show up. Until I found out about it and several media outlets showed up.
Ol Matt has been one of the biggest whiners about Nascar doing it...but hmm, he's got nothing for the little league.
so is their Tire supplier (Hoosier is it) going to have make a different tire for The Rock race? And I just saw on Twitter the track is breaking apart in Turn 1 it looked to be. Uh Oh
I was there all day and saw how this went down. If you go through my Twitter feed or read the story Matt is putting together, you’ll understand.Yep it make you look pretty stupid. Try being more professional and quit biting the hand that feeds ya.
Yeah it would have been nice to see a 125-150 lap race.
Give everyone 3 sets of tires for the weekend
What did Hoosier bring Andy, the F-45?They'd need four or five sets of tires just for the race to pull that off, and probably more for practice and qualifying. At least with the tire Hoosier is bringing.
The teams are already going to have to buy five or six sets of tires for the weekend, at a minimum.
There was a lot of discussion amongst the racers and teams about wanting to either postpone the race to a later date so Hoosier can build a better tire or go to a radial tire. Hoosier said the problem with going to a radial was that it would cost $550 per tire to go to the ARCA radial. Not sure what the short track radial costs and didn't get to have that conversation with Hoosier.
I had a lot of questions for Hoosier that I wanted to ask to get more understanding of this, but Freeman wasn't willing to talk, which is unfortunate because I think everyone deserves to understand the process for this and why, at least on Hoosier's end, restrictor plates are the only option. The tour has been great, and very transparent, and an unpopular decision has been made and I think Hoosier deserves to be heard and hopefully they reach out.
The CARS Tour deserves a lot of credit for coming back this week, knowing they need to get this right, instead of just showing up to the track with the tires from last week like a lot of other races and series would have done.
Back to the radial tire thing, the other thing I wanted Hoosier to address, some of the drivers and team members and engine builders were saying they'd rather have to buy the radial tires and spend that money because they're saying they're gonna have to spend that money now on engines and other R&D costs for the cars for this race.
There are so many dynamics at play for this race and so many people involved that coming to what the racers or Hoosier or the track or the tour think is the right decision is an Act of Congress.
Just my opinion, CARS Tour should consider going to the Goodyear radial UARA ran for this one-off race, but they probably risk pissing Hoosier off doing so.
What did Hoosier bring Andy, the F-45?
Yeah Hoosier is building the General Brand and I believe a 500 is equivalent to the 45. I'm betting they have a warehouse full of them which is why they dont want to go through the expense of a new tire.Honestly, I don't know exactly which tire, they were branded as General Tire. All CARS Tour knew was they were used in another series, CARS Tour said last week's tire was used at Rockingham for UARA several years ago. All he told me yesterday was that it was a 500. Beyond that, he wasn't willing to talk at all. I don't know if it was the F-50 or what, asked and couldn't get a straight answer.
Don't want to throw anyone under the bus, I'd just say, American Racer would be more communicative than this.
I was thinking it'd be the equivalent of the 50. If Hoosier brought the 45, stuck to their guns on that, and didn't even try the 50, I'd be floored.Yeah Hoosier is building the General Brand and I believe a 500 is equivalent to the 45. I'm betting they have a warehouse full of them which is why they dont want to go through the expense of a new tire.