SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Tony Stewart was running lap times about a second faster than expected at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when a blown tire caused him to wreck this week in a Goodyear test.
Goodyear officials said Stewart's accident 17 laps into Tuesday's 20-lap run was the only incident of the two-day test. The three-time NASCAR champion wasn't injured.
"Our test speeds were extremely fast at Indianapolis," Greg Stucker, Goodyear's director of racing, said in a statement Friday. "Tony was approaching the end of a very strong 20-lap run, with his lap times as much as a second faster than what has become the norm at Indianapolis at that point of a run.
"It appears that increased, sustained speed over that run generated a significant amount of heat, which eventually caused the right-front to go down."
Stewart wasn't upset with Goodyear over the incident, which he said "destroyed the car, so it was a good hit.
"I am not really sure what the cause of it was, but that's part of tire testing," Stewart said. "That's why you go to the test. I'm sure they'll learn something from it and we'll go on."
Joey Logano was one of six drivers at the test and said Stewart easily had the fastest car at Indy. Also at the test were Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman, the defending race winner.
Stewart, an Indiana native, has two Brickyard victories and puts a huge emphasis on the July race.
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