NASCAR adds practice session, Goodyear makes tire change at Michigan

Tires are stacked prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 16, 2012 in Brooklyn, Michigan. NASCAR announced a change to tougher left side tires for Sunday's race. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Tires are stacked prior to qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway on June 16, 2012 in Brooklyn, Michigan. NASCAR announced a change to tougher left side tires for Sunday’s race. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

NASCAR and Goodyear have reacted to problems that were found by Sprint Cup teams at the newly repaved Michigan International Speedway this past week. With average speeds over 200 miles per hour, teams were starting to see tires blistering.

In a statement released late Friday night, Goodyear said they will bring a tougher left side tire from Charlotte that the teams will use in Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400. NASCAR added that Sprint Cup series qualifying will go on as scheduled at 1:10 p.m. Saturday, but teams will have an extra 75 minute practice session starting at approximately 6 p.m., after the Nationwide Series race.

“With the new repave here at Michigan, coupled with the high temperatures we’re seeing this weekend, we feel this change will help us put on the best race possible on Sunday,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition. MORE>>>

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