The Xfinity and Sprint Cup Series visits the Finger Lakes region of New York this weekend as they do battle at Watkins Glen International.
A new tire setup awaits both series after the 2.454-mile road course recently underwent a $12 million repave. The tire selection came from a unanimous decision by drivers participating in a Goodyear tire test at Watkins Glen on May 10 – 11. Drivers who participated were Trevor Bayne, Carl Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne and Joey Logano.
The tire selection was then confirmed at a two-day organizational test held at Watkins Glen on July 26 – 27.
SPRINT CUP AND XFINITY TIRE INFO:
Set limits: Sprint Cup – four sets for practice and qualifying and five sets for the race; Xfinity – seven sets for the event
Tire Code: D-4648 (same on all four tire positions)
Tire Circumference: 88.15 in. (2,239 mm)
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 26 psi; Right Front — 24 psi; Left Rear — 21 psi; Right Rear — 21 psi
Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire code (D-4648) on all four tire positions at Watkins Glen.
This is a short track tire from Goodyear’s current tire lineup, which Xfinity teams currently run on the right-side at Iowa. Compared to what was run at Watkins Glen last year, this tire features a slightly tougher compound for heat resistance, which is of prime concern on all repaved tracks. As on all NASCAR road courses, teams will not run inner liners in their tires at Watkins Glen.
WET WEATHER TIRES:
Goodyear will also bring its wet weather radials (D-4215) to Watkins Glen for use by both Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series teams, should NASCAR decide that conditions warrant. Sprint Cup teams did not have to use the wet weather tires earlier this season at Sonoma. Xfinity teams last ran this wet weather tire code at Road America in 2014.