Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Race No. 14 – Axalta presents the Pocono 400
NASCAR Xfinity Series, Race No. 12 –
Hybrid track requires a hybrid solution:
Pocono Raceway is one of the most unique tracks on the NASCAR circuit. It has three distinct corners, each one based on a different race track – Turn 1 on the former Trenton Speedway, Turn 2 on Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Turn 3 on The Milwaukee Mile. The challenge that stands out for Goodyear is that the track is high speed, but is also relatively flat. Goodyear’s tire set-up for Pocono features a left-side tire that helps the cars with grip, while the right-side tire features a hybrid construction with some characteristics of a short track tire (grip) and a speedway tire (durability). Goodyear held a tire test at Pocono for the 2016 season, and this tire set-up came out of that session.
Teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series will run the same tire set-up at Pocono this weekend, the same combination of left- and right-side tires Cup teams ran twice at Pocono last season.
Xfinity teams, compared to what was run last year, will use the left-side tire code (D-4708) features a compound change for more grip, while the right-side tire code (D-4710) has an increase in tread gage (thickness) to align with what is run in Cup. Teams in both of these series also ran this right-side tire at Indianapolis last year.
On all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners on all four tire positions, for Pocono the air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.