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Hoosier's Irish Saunders getting input from test driver Denny NyariLAKEVILLE, IN (April 11) -- Spring has arrived and that means the racing season is getting underway across the country. But before any racing takes place, many tests are needed to assure Hoosier tires are ready for the competition. A recent break in the wet and sometimes cold spring weather afforded us the opportunity to do some comprehensive testing at local New Paris Speedway. 

New Paris Speedway is a 1/4-mile asphalt track located about 25 miles northeast of Hoosier Racing Tire.   

Veteran driver Denny Nyari drove the test car used in today's tire test. He was accompanied by several members of his race team who set the car up to his recommendations. Nyari is a highly respected local driver who has been assisting Hoosier in its asphalt testing for many years. A good test driver must concentrate on maintaining the same line every lap and provide feedback after completing the designated number of circuits. This is easier said than done because racers almost instinctively will try to adjust their driving style to get their race car around the track as fast as they can. But when testing, the goal is to develop a consistent line around the track and report the "feel" and characteristics of each set of tires to the engineers conducting the test.   

Irish Saunders - Product Manager
Ken Kolter, Jon Huffman, Marc March - Engineers
Jason Perkins - Tire Transportation and Track Service
Safety Personnel

Today we were conducting tests to develop more tread compounds that may potentially improve the consistency and repeatability of tire-rule compounds. The test begins with the test car being outfitted with scuffs and Nyari making several laps around the 1/4-mile track to get the car properly set up for the test. Once the test begins, there is no adjusting the set-up on the car. Once the driver and the engineers are satisfied with the handling of the car, the actual test begins. The first set of test tires are bolted on and the car sent out for a specified number of laps. Once the set number of laps are completed Nyari is waved in and the real action begins. Once the car comes to a stop, all four tires are checked for temperature and other characteristics are checked and recorded. Nyari is also questioned about his opinion of how the tires felt and performed. Once all the information is gathered on the first set of test tires, the next set is bolted on and Nyari sent out again to repeat the same warm up and test laps as on the first set. The process continues until all sets are tested and results recorded. Once this is completed, sets that appear to have potential are remounted for longer runs on the track. The results are brought back to the tech center where they are evaluated and discussed in depth. Sometimes additional tests are necessary and plans are made to perform additional testing either at the same facility or elsewhere. 

The test was successful in that valuable information was gathered which may be applied to future tire  technology. Spec tires are designed and built to provide consistency and repeatability at the track with an emphasis on durability, while open tire venues require more attention to speed. Regardless of the application, the Hoosier team is prepared to meet the challenge today and into the future. 

Additional images of the 4-11-2002 test at New Paris Speedway. 

Denny Nyari during one of the test runs at New Paris Speedway

Engineers Jon Huffman and Marc March collecting data between runs



Ken Kolter checking out the right front while Jason works on changing tires on the test car.

Jason Perkins mounting more test tires trackside.



Rows of test tires lined up after they are run.

Ken Kolter going through his checklist on the various sets of test tires.


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