Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Race No. 22 – I Love New York 355 at The Glen
NASCAR Xfinity Series – Race No. 20 – Zippo 200
Not All Road Courses Are Built the Same: While Watkins Glen International
and Sonoma Raceway are both road courses on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
schedule, they bare little else in common. Watkins Glen is more of a high speed course,
while Sonoma is more slow speed and technical. In addition to that, Watkins Glen was
just repaved before the 2016 race there, and the fresh asphalt provides a lot of grip. In
Goodyear’s world, grip leads to speed, and speed leads to heat. The selection of a race
tire recommendation needs to account for that.
“While Sonoma is at the very softest end of the scale of compounds that we bring to
the track, Watkins Glen is a little more stout, while still being among the softest one-third
of our NASCAR compounds,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “Comparing
the two courses, Sonoma has more slow speed sections where you have to get back hard
on the throttle coming off the corner. Watkins Glen, on the other hand, is very fast with
more sustained speeds and requires a different tire set-up that emphasizes more heat
resistant compounds. The relatively new track surface adds to that as well by providing
a lot of grip itself.”
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series will run the same Goodyear tire
code (D-4716) on all four tire positions at Watkins Glen, this is the first time these teams
have run this tire code, and this is the only track at which NASCAR teams will run it.
Compared to what was run at Watkins Glen last year, this tire features a compound change
to give the cars more grip.
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 Cup and Xfinity Series teams, should NASCAR decide that conditions
warrant. Cup teams did not have to use the wet weather tires earlier this season at
Sonoma while Xfinity teams last ran this wet weather tire code at Mid-Ohio last season.