Goodyear FIA ETRC preview: Goodyear prepares for another thrilling year of European truck racing
Goodyear looks ahead to another year as a long-standing partner and title sponsor of the Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Championship.
The Goodyear European Truck Racing Championship is set for another action-packed season when it kicks off at Misano on 20th/21st May.
Europe’s premier truck racing category will visit nine race circuits across Europe, including a new venue in Poznań, Poland on 24th and 25th June and some of the continent’s most historic motorsport circuits, including the Nürburgring Grand Prix layout in July and Le Mans in September. A total of 32 races will determine who takes the 2023 championship crown.
As the official single tire supplier of the championship, all competitors use the latest Goodyear truck racing tires, ensuring an equal platform for competition.
Delivering performance and sustainability
Truck racing tires use a combination of technologies developed by Goodyear for motorsport and the road. Enhanced technologies that are used in Goodyear FIA ETRC are not dissimilar to the tires used on highways across Europe.
Goodyear has developed a stronger carcass that provides commercial vehicles with a greater level of protection and robustness. The Goodyear truck racing tire has a similar 315/70R22.5 size and similar features as many Goodyear on-road products but has a specific tread compound and unique asymmetrical design.
Trucks weigh significantly more than a conventional race car, meaning the tire needs to combine the strength of a commercial truck tire with the performance characteristics of a racing tire. Tires play an important role in supporting championships to operate sustainably. For example, Goodyear helps to reduce waste in the championship by extending the life of its tires through retreading. Tires used in the Goodyear FIA ETRC are then reused into standard on-road products that can be used by transportation fleets. The practice is widespread in the trucking industry, but Goodyear leads the way when applying it to motorsport.
In recognition of efforts to make truck racing more sustainable, the European Truck Racing Championship recently received notable mention in the Sustainable Championships Index™ (SChI™). It ranked 16th out of 105 motorsport championships for its sustainable solutions and approach to racing.
Alongside all truck racing events this season, Goodyear’s showroom from the Drive Results Tour 2023 will be present. It will offer an interactive experience that showcases many of Goodyear’s current tires and mobility solutions combined in Goodyear’s Total Mobility offer.
Maciej Szymanski, Director Marketing Commercial Europe, Goodyear: “2023 is another important year for Goodyear’s international motorsport activities. We look forward to the start of an exciting season of the Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Championship as we build on the successes of previous years. Being the title partner, we are committed to delivering the best performance possible on the track as we do for the millions of Goodyear truck tires in use across Europe every day."
“The championship offers a unique test bed to explore new technologies and push tires durability to the next level. We are also thrilled to enable truck racing visitors to experience all the benefits that Goodyear can bring to commercial fleets using our state of the art interactive Drive Results show truck. We’re proud to be showcasing the advantages of Goodyear Total Mobility to the transportation industry across Europe once again" - Szymanski adds.
Goodyear is one of the world's largest tire companies. It employs about 74,000 people and manufactures its products in 57 facilities in 23 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to www.goodyear.com/corporate.