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Race Tire vs. Street Tire

On a typical race weekend, a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team will use between nine (9) and fourteen (14) sets of tires depending upon the length of the race and type of track - short track, speedway, superspeedway or road course.

By comparison, an average set of street tires gets replaced approximately every three years. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing tire specifications also differ from race to race depending upon the degree of track banking and type of racing surface (asphalt, concrete, or mixture of both). Goodyear uses about eighteen (18) different tire codes to cover the needs of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series during the course of a racing season.

Race tire vs Street Tire

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  Goodyear Eagle
radial race tires
Goodyear Eagle
high-performance street tire
Estimated Cost $449$150 to $200 each
Average Life 100 miles50,000 miles
Air pressure (cold psi) 30 psi, left and 45 psi, right35 psi for all
Inflated with Dry air Air
Weight 24 pounds 30 pounds
Tread Thickness 1/8 inch 3/8 inch
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Race Tire Safety

On tracks longer than one mile a tubeless inner tire, acting as a safety spare, is required. This technology was developed in 1966 with the introduction of Goodyear's "Lifeguard Inner Liner Safety Spare" and at that time NASCAR mandated its use in all racing tires. Today's consumer benefits with the Goodyear Eagle F1 A/S-C.

Did you know?

As a tire heats up, the water vaporizes and increases the internal tire pressure, which can hurt a car's performance, therefore, the less moisture the better.