NASCAR Cup Series – Race No. 32 – 109 laps / 248.5 miles
NASCAR Xfinity Series – Race No. 29 – 67 laps / 152.8 miles
Charlotte Motor Speedway (2.28-mile roval) – Concord, N.C.
Fast Facts for October 10-11, 2020
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Road Course Radial
Cup: 8 sets for the race;
Xfinity: 4 sets for the race
Tire Code (same on all four tire positions): D-4940
Tire Circumference: 2,240 mm (88.19 in.)
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front — 26 psi; Right Front — 28 psi;
Left Rear — 20 psi; Right Rear — 20 psi
Storyline – Just like its name, Roval combines road course, oval elements in tire set-up: Goodyear will bring a traditional road course tire to the Roval at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with a tire construction similar to what is run at a Watkins Glen International or Sonoma Raceway. The difference from those two courses, which are both run with a majority of right-hand turns, is that the Roval is run primarily to the left, including utilizing most of the mile-and-a-half oval. Goodyear’s recommended air pressures for this weekend reflect that fact, with the right-front tire seeing the highest level of load and, accordingly, having the highest pressure setting (28 psi).
“We treat the Roval as a road course from a tire construction perspective,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “But the Roval is distinct from other, more traditional road courses that these teams run. Running the majority of the oval, inserting the two chicanes and then having the infield portion of the road course really provides its share of challenges. As on other road courses, the front tires will have higher pressure recommendations to handle the hard braking into the corners and acceleration off the corners. In deference to the oval, the right-front tire position will have the highest pressure recommendation to handle the loads on those sections.”
Notes – Year two for this tire at Roval: NASCAR Cup and Xfinity teams will run the same Goodyear tire code on all four tire positions on the Charlotte roval . . . this is the same tire these teams ran on this course last season . . . this tire code is different than the one run on any other NASCAR road course . . . as on other NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires on the Charlotte roval.
Wet Weather Tires – White-lettered tires on hand: Goodyear will bring its wet weather radials for use on the Charlotte roval, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant . . . Cup teams are allowed up to four sets for their 109-lap race . . . Xfinity teams are allowed up to two sets of “wets” for their 67-lap race . . . this tire was last run in NASCAR competition by Xfinity Series teams at Road America this past August . . . in addition to the obvious difference of a tread pattern vs. Goodyear’s dry weather “slick” tires, the “Goodyear” and “Eagle” lettering on the sidewalls of the wet weather tires is white, not the standard yellow.
— Goodyear Racing —