We trust robots and machines to do a lot for us these days, from building the computer, smart phone, or tablet you’re reading this article on to manufacturing the tires on your car. It’s tough to beat the accuracy and speed of machinery, but for NASCAR and NHRA racers, only humans need apply.
Goodyear recently made a video showing how tires are made for NASCAR and NHRA race cars. It was posted to the United Steelworkers’ Facebook page and highlights how each tire is made by hand.
Per United Steelworkers:
Inside every Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tire is a name — the name of a Steelworker from Local Union 2L in Akron, Ohio. For 69 years, 255 of our brothers and sisters have made these Goodyear tires by hand, ensuring every tire shipped out of the plant is not just a quality product, but one that will keep NASCAR drivers safe during races as they hit speeds exceeding 200 miles per hour.
The men and women who make these tires are extremely proud of their work, and they even put a little sticker on the sidewall of each tire with their name on it. These tradesmen understand the only part of the car that contacts the road is the tire, and they want each and every racer using their rubber to be as safe as possible.
What an awesome process!