Detroit: Firestone preview

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: * 1,228 dry-condition slicks; each car receives 10 sets (40 tires) for the race weekend. Firestone Fast Six qualifiers receive one additional set of slicks for that session only. * 468 wet-condition ...

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:

* 1,228 dry-condition slicks; each car receives 10 sets (40 tires) for the race weekend. Firestone Fast Six qualifiers receive one additional set of slicks for that session only.

* 468 wet-condition grooved tires; each car can use up to four new sets (16 tires) of rain tires.

Firestone Racing engineers have elected to bring the same tire specifications to Belle Isle as were used last season. The dry slicks are a step more durable in compound formula than the street-course tires used at St. Petersburg in April, but with the same sidewall construction. The Belle Isle tire spec has not been used in 2008 race competition, but was run at the Sebring, Fla., open tests and will be used again at Surfers Paradise, Australia, in October. The tread-patterned rain tires selected are the softer "street-course rains."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "It's a special weekend for Firestone in several ways. Once again, Firestone is the presenting sponsor for the IndyCar Series race and the Penske promotional group has done another terrific job getting us sensational brand exposure through signage around the facility. We'll help keep the focus on the championship battle as the remaining contenders, Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves, will both ride on the 'Magic Rings' Firehawk tires to make them easily identifiable to the fans. Finally, when the checkered flag waves Sunday, it will produce Firestone's 150th race victory in IndyCar Series competition. It's a feat that is the result of much hard work and an accomplishment in which we'll take great pride."

Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: This $10,000 prize will be 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. After each race, Firestone Racing officials submit the top three "Tire-ific" candidates to www.indycar.com, where fans can cast their votes during the ensuing week to determine the winner. The "Tire-ific" winner from the Aug. 24 Infineon race (nominees are Helio Castroneves, EJ Viso and Dan Wheldon) will be named in pre-race ceremonies Sunday.

-credit: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon