Chicagoland: Firestone preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS IndyCar Series - Peak Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300 Chicagoland Speedway - Joliet, Ill. September 6-7, 2008 - Round 17 of 18 Race Distance: 300 miles/482.803 km (200 laps on the ...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS
IndyCar Series - Peak Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy 300
Chicagoland Speedway - Joliet, Ill.
September 6-7, 2008 - Round 17 of 18

Race Distance: 300 miles/482.803 km (200 laps on the 1.5-mile/2.4-km superspeedway).

Television/Radio Broadcast: Live - Sunday, Sept. 7, at 3:30 p.m. EDT on ABC, IMS Radio Network and XM Radio Channels 144 and 145.

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:

* 1,008 dry-condition slicks; each car/entry receives eight sets (32 tires) for the two-day weekend.

* Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves will once again be equipped with specially-lettered "Magic Ring" Firestone Firehawk tires to indicate they are still in contention for the IndyCar Series championship.

Firestone Racing engineers have designed a tire specification for this weekend's race that was developed from tire testing in June at this very track. The spec features the same tire construction as used earlier this season at similar 1.5-mile ovals (Homestead-Miami, Kansas and Texas), paired with an updated tread compound designed to add grip at all four tire positions. This tire was previously used at Kentucky Speedway earlier this year, where it drew high praise for its grip and durability.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Once again, we are poised to witness a riveting championship chase culminate at Chicagoland Speedway, where we have seen some truly fantastic battles play out over the years. This has been an extraordinary and historic season, with a record number of race winners and victories from veterans and up-and-comers alike. I can't remember when a tire we debuted received as many compliments right off the bat as this specification did at Kentucky Speedway earlier this season. So as the final act of this championship contest unfolds at Chicagoland Speedway, Firestone Racing is confident that the Firestone Firehawk racing slicks that we have brought to this event will allow the drivers to focus on the task at hand."

Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: This $10,000 prize is awarded after each IndyCar Series race to the driver who best utilizes his or her Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. It could be relying on the Firehawks' great grip to execute a daring pass, or having the confidence in the tires' durability to run an extra stint on a set to improve position. After each race, Firestone Racing submits the top three "Tire-ific" candidates to www.indycar.com, where fans cast their votes during the ensuing week to determine the winner. The "Tire-ific" recipient from the August 31 race at Detroit (AJ Foyt IV, Justin Wilson and Bruno Junqueira are nominated) will be named in pre-race ceremonies Sunday afternoon.

-credit: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Helio Castroneves , Bruno Junqueira , Scott Dixon