The 24 Hours of Le Mans, an important event for Goodyear!

This year the US tire maker is the sole supplier in the LMP2. Le Mans is definitely the major event on the calendar and like last year will be a Goodyear airship!

The 89th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is not only the most prestigious endurance race in the world, but an important event for Goodyear. Having become the exclusive European and global tire supplier for the LMP2 range, Goodyear is preparing for intense activity with 26 cars!

By supplying the entire LMP2 field, the most represented category on the grid, Goodyear will provide a range of tyres, but will also work with teams to allow them to extract the best from the performance of the tyres. Goodyear returned to the 24 Hours of Le Mans last year and finished with 2 cars on the podium. Since then, Goodyear has been designated as the sole supplier of tires to WEC and ELMS. In the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which represented 26 cars, more than a Grand Prix and for 12 times longer duration.

Goodyear will not only be present on the track. Viewers will be able to admire the Goodyear airship in the sky. The American brand icon will be at Le Mans for the second year in a row. The airship made an actual tour of Europe, flying over the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and Denmark. During the race, the airship will accommodate VIPs and guests, the race images will also be filmed from the airship.

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a pilot’s perspective

Portuguese driver Antonio Félix da Costa (who is the brand ambassador) is making his fourth appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He knows how important it can be to find the right strategy with tires and pit stops in determining who will or won’t be on the podium. Last year, along with his Jota Sport teammates, Anthony Davidson and Roberto González, he finished second and is looking to take another step this year.

“Le Mans is a circuit where the tires don’t wear out too much. So we can do more with the tyres. The team is working on a strategy where we change one tire at a time or only one tire on one side at a time. There are a lot of options to consider in order to waste as little time as possible on pothole stops. Since Goodyear has become the only manufacturer, everyone is on an equal footing. Now it’s up to us to find Goodyear Work with the technicians of the right direction.”

If the test starts tomorrow, the hyperpole will take place on Thursday and the race will start at 4:00 pm on Saturday.

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