Following Sunday’s elimination race at Dover Speedway, the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup heads to Charlotte, North Carolina for the first race of the Contender round. There, drivers will race for 500 miles under the bright lights of Charlotte Motor Speedway—an intermediate track known for its speed—which makes this a grueling race for both driver and vehicle. With conditions like this, teams need to pay extra attention to their only physical connection to all 7,920 feet of asphalt: their Goodyear Eagle race tires.
Throughout the Bank of America 500, the speed drivers carry in and out of the corners at Charlotte will lead to an increased amount of heat and load on the tires. To help combat these tough conditions, Goodyear’s tire of choice for the race includes right-side tires featuring the company’s innovative Multi-Zone Tread Technology.
Multi-Zone Tread tires combine two different rubber compounds in a single tread to offer both superior traction and wear. An Endurance Zone on the tire's inside shoulder features a firmer compound to help manage wear for enhanced performance on the track. The outside two-thirds of the tread makes up the tire's Traction Zone, which uses a more tractive tread compound to help increase grip for superior handling. By utilizing these two unique tread zones, Goodyear's Multi-Zone NASCAR tires give drivers the optimal balance between traction and wear.
“It’s extremely important for Goodyear to provide race teams with the right tire for each NASCAR race, from the start of the season through The Chase finale at Homestead-Miami,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing. “For many tracks, including Charlotte Motor Speedway, our Multi-Zone Tread race tires are best suited to handle the unique and grueling conditions the NASCAR season throws at us.”
Goodyear engineers found inspiration for creating this game-changing race tire in their very own Assurance TripleTred All-Season consumer tire. The Assurance TripleTred pioneered the concept of multiple tread zones in auto tires, featuring three distinct zones for superior traction in wet, icy and dry conditions.
Look for teams to test the limits of their vehicles and tires in Charlotte, as they continue to battle in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. With the right race strategy and superior performing Goodyear race tires, the top 12 drivers are poised for a strong start in the first race of the Contender round.