The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, the exclusive tire supplier of NASCAR, today announced it will provide 43 autographed race-used Goodyear Eagle tires for a special auction to benefit The NASCAR Foundation. The Goodyear 'Get there'(TM) Charity Auction, held online at 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're 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 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.