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Brian Vickers crashes in test at Kentucky — Sore but okay

May 21, 2014, 3:56 PM EDT

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Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers was involved in a solo crash during a Goodyear tire test Wednesday at Kentucky Speedway.

According to tweets by Vickers and MWR, his No. 55 Aaron’s Toyota wrecked in Turn 3, reportedly after a right front wheel came apart. It’s unclear if the actual wheel became separated from the car, or if there was some other type of failure.

Vickers tweeted that he’s okay but emerged from the wreck feeling sore.

Apparently the soreness isn’t affecting Vickers too much, as he jumped into a backup car and completed a number of additional laps.

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  1. indycarseries500 - May 21, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    Did the wheel really come apart, or are we covering for Goodyear again? Bet Keselowski gets a stern talking to for releasing this info.

  2. techmeister1 - May 21, 2014 at 9:34 PM

    I laugh at the technical ignorance displayed by the armchair experts when it comes to tire failures. Probably less than one in 10,000 have a friggin clue as to what causes tires to fail and the complexity of engineering a tire for a given race application that will meet all the desired goals. It’s easy to blame the tire for improper use by the teams and inappropriate suspension geometry, etc. But of course if you are an armchair expert you don’t care about the facts, you’re more interested in blaming the tire maker than in determining the true cause of the failure be it a cut tire or other cause.

    • bru308 - May 22, 2014 at 12:09 PM

      I guess Chad Knaus, best known for (being an arm chair expert? and…) winning 6 championships, doesn’t have enough technical knowledge to criticize Goodyear? Because that’s what he did, and he knows an awful lot about racecars and their tires. Also, Stu Grant, Goodyear’s General Manager of Global Race Tires, acknowledged the recurring issue after May’s race at Richmond saying “it looks like we’ve got some work to do” and “I think it’s pretty likely we’ll be back to Richmond and test before September”. I guess he’s just an armchair expert too?

      Honestly, I imagine most folks are going to side with Knaus and Grant on the tire issues over some guy on MST.


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