Goodyear and Daytona International Speedway have scheduled tire tests on Daytona’s newly repaved surface Dec. 15-16.

Several teams – not yet selected – will participate in the important test runs as Goodyear works to develop a tire compound for Daytona SpeedWeeks in February.

The Daytona repaving project is nearing completion. The track surface work is finished but work adjacent to the racing asphalt areas remains.

The repaving is only the second in the history of the track, which opened in 1959. Problems with the surface have appeared in recent races, causing NASCAR and the speedway embarrassment.

Although development of tires for new track surfaces often is a difficult procedure, track president Joie Chitwood said he’s confident the December tests will be productive.

“I’m always concerned about tires at race tracks, but based on what we’ve seen at Talladega and how the tires reacted to that repave, we feel good about it,” he said. “If we didn’t have a tire test in December, I’d be much more concerned, but I still think they’ll do a good job. I think the December test calms everyone down.”

Mike Hembree is NASCAR Editor for SPEED.com and has been covering motorsports for 28 years. He has written several books on NASCAR, including "NASCAR: The Definitive History of America's Sport" and "Then Tony Said To Junior: The Best NASCAR Stories Ever Told". He is a six-time winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Writer of the Year Award.