The tires of several teams were confiscated and investigated. Although it was revealed that there was no sign of foul play, NASCAR officials have decided to continue the practice, in order to ensure the integrity of the sport.
In an interview with Motorsport.com, NASCAR Sprint Cup director Richard Buck gave extensive comment on the practice, saying,
“We work with Goodyear very closely and their engineers and then they have an outside laboratory that if we need to take it further we will.
I know in the past, NASCAR laid down the law that you don’t mess with the engines, you don’t mess with the fuel and you don’t mess with tires. So from our perspective, we have to police that – and that’s part of it. Last year we probably took six to eight sets throughout the year just to do our audit and check on it to make sure nothing was abnormal.
We work with Goodyear very closely and their engineers and then they have an outside laboratory that if we need to take it further we will.”
Buck assured the community that the officials at NASCAR would be relentless insofar as tackling any breakage of the rules, assuring fans and teams,
“As we are the governing body of the sport, our job is to keep up. We have competitors that confide in us, we have people – the rumor mill if you will – and we try to sort out and weed down to the bottom of that and get to what is fact.
But we are also diligent about making sure the race cars stay compliant and that’s whether it’s the side skirts or the tires or whatever it may be.”