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Kahne, Gordon to participate in Michigan tire test

BROOKLYN, Mich. – Kasey Kahne and Jeff Gordon are scheduled to be part of a one-day Goodyear Tire test on Monday, July 30 at Michigan International Speedway, and fans are invited to watch the session free of charge.

The drivers will test at the two-mile oval in preparation for the NASCAR Sprint Cup event on Sunday, Aug. 19. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won most recently at the newly-repaved track on June 17, participated in an earlier test with teammate Jimmie Johnson in early June. During that session, speeds topped the 200 mph barrier.

“This test will help Goodyear select a tire that is more compatible with the fast Michigan racing surface, and improve an already competitive race weekend from start to finish,” NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said, “Goodyear invited a majority of teams to Michigan, and we’ll work together on all elements to put on the best show possible for our fans.”

Michigan officials will open the Turn 1 Grandstand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time on July 30 for fans to watch the test free of charge.

“This is a unique opportunity for fans to see the drivers again test the repaved racing surface,” MIS President Roger Curtis said. “The 28 teams who will be here feature some of the best in the sport as they continue to prepare for the upcoming Pure Michigan 400. The test falls at a perfect time for our fans as they get a chance to see cars on track between our two races.”

Testing times, track schedule and drivers are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances.

Fans are asked to park in Lot 10 off US 12 and enter the grandstands through Gate 17, just behind the water tower. The restroom facilities will be open and concession stands will be available. Fans are also allowed to bring in coolers that meet the MIS grandstand gate policies for any race weekend.

For more information, visit http://www.mispeedway.com/Articles/2012/07/Tire-Test.aspx

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