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~ The life of a Goodyear racing tire ~
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AKRON, Ohio and INDIANAPOLIS --
When you buy a set of new Goodyear tires for your car, you have every reason to expect that they'll last you 80,000 miles.
But when a Nascar team gets its hands on a set of Goodyear's racing tires, the expectation is a little lower: just 100 miles.
For years, Goodyear has had the exclusive contract to provide racing tires for Nascar.
And that means that over the course of a year, Goodyear makes approximately 100,000 tires for Nascar teams, at a pricey $474. per tire.
As part of Road Trip 2013, CNET reporter Daniel Terdiman stopped in at Goodyear's racing tire manufacturing facility in Akron to see how they're made, and then saw the other end of their lifecycle (although not the exact same tires) at one of Nascar's biggest events, the Brickyard 400, at the Indianapolis Motorspeedway.
Goodyear's racing tires are made to exacting specifications and are tracked at every step of the way after being delivered to a race team.
That's because everyone involved -- from the racing teams, to Nascar, to Goodyear -- wants to see how the tires perform, not least because simply looking at them and seeing how they're worn after a race can tell a lot about how the car that used them was driven.
Nascar teams are trained to change a full set of tires in about 15 seconds, as seen here. But sometimes, even that many seconds is the difference between winning and losing.
In this year's Brickyard 400, eventual winner Ryan Newman held off favorite Jimmie Johnson by electing to replace just two tires during his last pit stop, saving precious seconds.
Photo by: Daniel Terdiman/CNET | Caption by: Daniel Terdiman