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NASCAR Cup: rain tires available for 2018 Charlotte Motor Speedway roval race

Photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR

Photo courtesy of Getty Images for NASCAR

By AMANDA VINCENT

Rain wreaked havoc on the Oct. 6-8 NASCAR weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., forcing the cancellation of all Saturday practices and Xfinity Sereis qualifying, pushing the Xfinity Series race back to a Saturday night start, and prompting NASCAR to move the green-flag for Sunday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race up an hour. Rain won’t be so much of a concern when the Xfinity and Cup series race at the facility next October.

When the two series make their second yearly visit to Charlotte Motor Speedway for playoff races next October, they’ll race on the facility’s roval — infield road course. With those races running on the roval, Goodyear will have rain tires on hand — the same rain tires used for wet weather conditions when the series race at other road courses, according by a report from NBC.

“There was some debate about whether or not we should run rain tires on the roval because of how much you run on the bankings and the speed you may or may not have,’’ Goodyear General Manager of Worldwide Racing Stu Grant said. “There was some due diligence on whether or not rain tires should be run. A lot of modeling, a lot of simulation and it looks like the speeds are going to be comparable to Watkins Glen and NASCAR has made the call, yeah, Goodyear go ahead and have rain tires available for this race a year from now.’’

Goodyear will conduct a tire test on the CMS roval Oct. 17 and 18, and the rain tires will be on-hand. Teams expected to participate in that test include Chip Ganassi Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Furniture Row Racing.

“The banking that you run here adds a whole different element from a car setup standpoint,’’ Grant said. “It’s different than trying to set up the car for a road course at Sonoma for example. We’re going to learn a lot about the tires and the compound necessary to come here with a good race tire, but the teams are going to learn a lot about how to set the car up properly.’’

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