Treading on thin revenue

aMillions of dollars are being wasted by teams traveling to various tracks to test tires. Goodyear is paid to develop a competitive tire each week for the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck teams. The company should pay the expenses for all the teams selected to run during these practice/test sessions. Teams can be a step ahead of others by participating in these sessions, but their budget is inflated due to the cash needed to run.

Officials at Goodyear need to build one tire that can be used at any track to lessen the expense being charged by NASCAR to the teams.

New rules have been designed to limit the amount of tires a team can use during a practice session. This step has shown meager results on the a team’s yearly budget.

The tread Goodyear regularly brings to the track is a multi-zone tread. It is a combination of one compound designed for traction and another toughened for durability.

Durability should be the driving concept for NASCAR to mandate to lessen the overall cost. Teams can develop a plan to compensate for racing and qualifying conditions.

Once again it comes down to tweaking by a company NASCAR has partnered with to constantly make teams spend time and money to be competitive.

Innovation should be done by individual teams, manufactures and drivers to better enhance the product. The current product has seen a steady decline at the ticket windows and TV viewers are bored with the type of racing being shown each week.

Parity is not the solution but the cause for boring races. Fans need to see more side-by-side racing and drivers being forced to get an aggressive mentality to win a race.

Crew chiefs may design a new part, engineers may squeak more horsepower out of the engine and team owners pay millions to put the best drivers in their cars, but ultimately NASCAR needs get back to the grassroots of racing.

Benny Parsons said once, “NASCAR races reward consistency. That’s the way NASCAR rules are and no one in NASCAR has a problem with it. But casual fans do have a problem with it.”

Brian France, CEO of NASCAR, has seen the sport grow over the years, but his vision is not one that I see being successful in the near or far distant future.

  • FOX on the Move: NASCAR ramped up its pre-race excitement level for the 2014 season, making qualifying more relevant and entertaining by introducing a highly competitive “knockout” system, beginning with 43-plus race cars on the track at the same time at tracks 1.25 miles or longer. FOX, which covers the first 13 NASCAR Sprint Cups Series of the season, is moving the May 3 Cup series qualifying at Talladega Superspeedway from FOX Sports 2 to FOX, marking the first time a non-Daytona qualifying session has aired on FOX.

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