Coca-Cola 600 Goodyear Tire Test Has Drivers Revved Up for Memorial Day Weekend
With NASCAR’s 75th season in full swing, drivers and fans will soon turn their attention to Memorial Day Weekend and the historic 64th running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Chase Briscoe, Ty Gibbs and Kyle Larson visited America’s Home for Racing on Tuesday for a Goodyear Tire test.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING:
Chase Briscoe, driver of the No. 14 Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing
“It’s super important in today’s landscape of NASCAR with no testing and not very much practice. Anytime you can get in a car and have data on your car, it’s a huge benefit. For us, it’s been a little bit of a struggle to start the season. We’ve been kind of scratching our head on a couple of things, so it’s nice to come out here today and kind of go through some things and get back to where we were… This place is one of the hardest places to tire test because it’s always changing. In May, the temperatures are going to be way different – the track is going to age even more by then – but getting laps is always a big deal… We were really good at the 600 last year. It was one I feel like we kind of let slip away. I feel like this was one of our stronger races last year, so it would be kind of nice to have that again… We definitely want to want to get a Coca-Cola 600. It’s one of the crown jewels, so you want to win that race. I know last year, that’s the one race that still kind of eats me up. Hopefully we can get some redemption this year.”
Ty Gibbs, driver of the No. 54 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing
“We had a solid test today. It’s a Goodyear Tire test, so making sure we’re running the right tires, making sure the race is going to be good and entertaining. I feel like we’re making some good gains today – I did. We learned a lot. Especially with me not having that much experience in the Cup car, it’s nice to get some free laps like this… It’s better than going in the simulator all day… It’s a really cool race, really special. Hopefully I’ll be able to win it.”
Kyle Larson, driver of the No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports
“I’m not exactly sure what was different. We had some right side changes and some left side. I think tomorrow, maybe a combination of both. I couldn’t tell much difference with any of them – maybe one of them I could see that the ride sides were a little bit softer, but after a couple of laps it all felt the same to me. It’s one of the top three races. I’ve been fortunate enough to win it once, and was really close last year. It was a great race with Briscoe and I, and then the late restart there got crazy as they always do. I would love to win it again -- super prestigious race.”
The Memorial Day Weekend schedule features a jam-packed three-day lineup of activity. On Friday, May 26, the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series kicks off the fun with the North Carolina Education Lottery 200, followed by a Circle K Speed Street concert by AC/DC tribute band Dirty Deeds. Saturday, May 27, will be highlighted by the NASCAR Xfinity Series Alsco Uniforms 300 and a post-race concert by Jake Owen at Speed Street. Sunday, May 28, The Doobie Brothers will take the stage as a prelude to the patriotic salute to the troops and the iconic Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Cup Series showdown.
Three-day packages for adults start at only $99. Kids 12 and under get in free on Friday and Saturday and for just $10 on Sunday. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or by calling the ticket office at (800) 455-FANS (3267).
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