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Richard Petty: The Evolution of Race Tire Tech & Tire Testing

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As one of the most accomplished racecar drivers in history, Richard Petty has seen his fair share of tire blunders and wonders. A winner of a record 200 races, Petty has used the power of tire technology to win the Daytona 500 seven times and amass a winning record on 27 racess in one season in 1967. Aside from his wins, Petty has raced in over 1,000 races, and while he’s burned a lot of rubber, he also has the stories and some laughs to go along with it.

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In this episode of our special Continental Tire Interview Series with Richard Petty, we dive into his time in racing and how tires played a role in his racing career. Petty talks about:

  • The importance of tires in racing;
  • The evolution of race tire technology and his reflections on its humble beginnings;
  • Stories from his time testing tires and what it looked like during the mid 60s.

This interview is part two of a four-part series with Richard Petty in which we discuss a variety of topics, including his racing career, time as a team owner, the evolution of tire and vehicle technology and his love of engines and performance vehicles.

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To watch part 1 where Petty describes some mind-blowing builds he’s working on with Continental, click here.

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