Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Set limits: Cup: 3 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying and 7 sets for the race (6 race sets plus 1 set transferred from qualifying or practice); Truck: 4 sets for the event
Tire Codes: Left-side — D-4870; Right-side — D-4876
Tire Circumference: Left-side — 2,227 mm (87.68 in.); Right-side — 2,241 mm (88.23 in.)
Minimum Recommended Inflation: Left Front — 18 psi; Left Rear — 18 psi; Right Front — 41 psi; Right Rear — 37 psi
Storyline – Another “flat” track presents similar challenges to New Hampshire: Like last week’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, this week’s stop at Pocono Raceway presents similar challenges. With both tracks having relatively little banking, teams often use left-side air pressures as a tuning tool to gain grip as the cars transition from the corners, back on the throttle, to the straightaways. One benefit of this week’s race is that Cup teams just raced at Pocono eight weeks ago on this same tire set-up and same “high” downforce package, so their notebooks should be full.
“Pocono is always a challenge on both the teams and the tires,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “Being pretty flat with long, fast straightaways and three distinct corners, teams will try to gain grip however they can, including going below our recommended air pressures, most specifically on the left-side of the car. We integrated construction updates on both the left- and right-side tires for the June race, so since the Cup cars have already run at Pocono with this higher downforce package, they have a head start on what to expect with their set-ups this weekend.”
Notes – Cup cars return to Pocono on June tire set-up: Teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Gander Outdoors Truck Series will run the same tire set-up at Pocono this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires the Cup cars ran at this track in June . . . for the Trucks, these are two new Goodyear tire codes, featuring construction updates on both sides of the car compared to what was run at Pocono in 2018 . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run inner liners on all four tire positions at Pocono . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.