Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series — Race No. 22 – Go Bowling at The Glen
NASCAR Xfinity Series – Race No. 20 – Zippo 200 at The Glen
Watkins Glen International (2.454-mile road course) – Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Fast Facts for August 3-5, 2018
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radials
Cup: 3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 4 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 6 sets for the event
Tire Code: D-4716 (same on all four tire positions)
Tire Circumference: 88.23 in. (2,241 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 26 psi; Left Rear — 21 psi;
Right Front — 24 psi; Right Rear — 21 psi
Storyline – Higher-speed Watkins Glen requires different tire set-up than Sonoma: Watkins Glen International is a much faster and less technical road course than the NASCAR Cup circuit’s earlier stop at a left-right track in Sonoma, California. Being repaved before the 2016 NASCAR weekend only added to that phenomenon. Because of all the sustained speed on the course, Watkins Glen requires a different tire set-up, and one that utilizes a more heat resistant tread compound. While the compound run at Sonoma is more tractive by comparison, the one run at Watkins Glen is still among the top-third in that area in Goodyear’s 2018 tire lineup.
“Comparing the first two road courses on the Cup schedule, Watkins Glen is very fast with more sustained speeds and requires a different tire set-up that emphasizes more heat resistant compounds than Sonoma, which has more slow speed sections where you have more extreme braking and have to get back hard on the throttle coming off the corner,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “Also adding to the difference at Watkins Glen is that the track surface has just two Cup races on it and provides a lot of grip by itself. Because of that, we need to bring a tread compound that is tougher and more heat resistant this weekend than what we bring to Sonoma, where we run the softest tread compound on the circuit.”
Notes — Cup, Xfinity teams return to WGI on same tire as ’17 races:Teams in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire code on all four tire positions at Watkins Glen . . . this is the same tire these teams ran for the first time at Watkins Glen in 2017 . . . this is the only track at which Cup or Xfinity teams run this particular tire code . . . as on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Watkins Glen.
Wet Weather Tires – White-lettered tires on hand: Goodyear will bring its wet weather radials for use at Watkins Glen, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant . . . teams are allowed up to three sets of “wets” for practice/qualifying and up to three sets for the race . . . this tire was last run by NASCAR Xfinity Series teams at Mid-Ohio in 2016 . . . one change from last year, the “Goodyear” and “Eagle” lettering on the sidewalls of the wet weather tires is white, not the standard yellow.
— Goodyear Racing —