Goodyear Gives NASCAR Fans a Chance to Own a Piece of the Action

The
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, the exclusive tire supplier of NASCAR, announced
it will provide 43 autographed race-used Goodyear Eagle tires for a special
auction to benefit The NASCAR Foundation. The Goodyear ‘Get there’ Charity
Auction, held online at http://www.goodyeargarage.com/ and hosted by The NASCAR
Foundation, will run from 12:00 Noon Eastern on Friday, July 6th through 11:59
p.m. Sunday, July 15th and offers fans the opportunity to bid on 43 authentic
Goodyear tires individually autographed by the top NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series
drivers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Carl
Edwards and others. All proceeds from the sale of these Goodyear tires will be
donated to The NASCAR Foundation to benefit charities that the individual
drivers select. This is the largest collection of certified, autographed
race-used Goodyear Eagle tires that NASCAR and Goodyear have combined to offer
at auction.

Each
autographed race-used Goodyear Eagle will come with a certificate of
authenticity that includes the driver’s name and car number, the race in which
the tire was used, the driver’s finish in that race and the tire’s RFID number.
A minimum sale price has been set for each tire depending upon expected
interest levels and ranges from $100 to $250; minimum sale prices will be
displayed in each individual listing.

“Goodyear
has been synonymous with NASCAR for more than 50 years and we are proud to help
support The NASCAR Foundation by offering fans the opportunity to get a piece
of the action,” said Stu Grant, Goodyear’s general manager of global race
tires. “NASCAR fans have always been able to experience the technological
innovations of Goodyear’s Eagle tires on their personal vehicles, but now we
are offering them the chance to take home an autographed tire that actually
carried their favorite driver around the track in the heat of
competition.”

A display
featuring all forty-three (43) autographed race-used tires was unveiled today
in the Goodyear Legends of Daytona exhibit at the Daytona International
Speedway Fan Zone and will remain in place during the Pepsi 400 Weekend (July
6-7). The display includes six Internet-ready kiosks, enabling fans onsite to
bid on the tire of their favorite driver. Fans nationwide will be able to bid
anytime for the duration of the auction by visiting
http://www.goodyeargarage.com/.

“We
are very proud to be working with Goodyear to give fans this unique opportunity
to own a piece of NASCAR history,” said NASCAR President Mike Helton.
“The winning bidders can feel especially good knowing the proceeds from
the auction will go directly to furthering the work of industry
foundations.”

Goodyear
is the “Exclusive Tire Supplier” of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, the
NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series through 2012. The
Company has had an uninterrupted commitment to NASCAR since becoming a race
tire supplier in the 1950s. This relationship has become one of the
longest-running supply programs in any sport and over those years, Goodyear has
worked to bring innovation to its racing products, which, in turn, has helped foster
heightened competition on the track. Goodyear also takes innovations and
cutting-edge technology from the racetrack and applies that technology to tires
that consumers use on streets and highways.