Drivers discuss what they’re learning at PIR tire test

By Dominic Aragon
February 1, 2016

AVONDALE, Ariz.—Three of the 13 scheduled drivers partaking in the NASCAR Goodyear tire test at Phoenix International Raceway Tuesday talked with The Racing Experts about what they had learned during the session on day one.

The first part of the tire test lasted three hours and five minutes, followed by an hour break.

During that break, Kevin Harvick, an eight-time Cup Series winner at the raceway, shared his thoughts on what he’s learned.

“We still know how to go around a racetrack,” Harvick said. “There's a lot of work that's gone into just getting the car to this point, getting the team to this point, getting the company to this point.

“So, to take that next step and get the racecar on the racetrack is an accomplishment for the whole company… It is rocket science nowadays, but it’s the same rocket science.”

For Dale Earnhardt Jr., who drove a MENCS car Tuesday for the first time since July, says the team is taking advantage of the tire test.

“We’re trying some really unique pieces and adjustments, that, I think with the new rule changes, they're just kind of cycling through what's best now with the car with this new package, 'A and B'ing' a lot of stuff,” Dale Junior said.

And for Rookie-of-the-Year candidate Erik Jones, it’s about adjusting to his new ride in the MENCS.

“I think the biggest thing that we've been working is just getting used to the new car,” Jones said. “I don't think we've hit on anything big, I think we only made 30 or 40 laps, so we haven't had a lot of time to learn too much, but overall, I think it's nice to get a feel for the track.

“It's a little bit tough today. The track, it's so dirty, and it really hasn't put a lot of rubber down. It's hard to really rely on a lot of information you're getting today.”

The test at PIR is the second scheduled of the 2017 season.

Which driver will finish highest in points this season?
No. 4 Kevin Harvick
No. 77 Erik Jones
No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr.