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IZOD IndyCar Series - The Milwaukee 225
The Milwaukee Mile - West Allis, Wis.
June 17-19, 2011 - Round 7 of 17
Race Distance: 225 miles/362.102 km (225 laps on the 1-mile/1.609-km oval).
Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:
Each entry receives nine sets (36 total tires) for the race weekend; total of 1,104 tires available.
The Milwaukee tire specification is based off of our 2009 Milwaukee race tire, with further refinement taking place at our New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Loudon) tire test in September of 2010. This is the same tire that nearly all the IZOD IndyCar Series teams tested with on June 1st and 3rd at The Milwaukee Mile.
Tire stagger: A single stagger of about 0.50 of an inch is available. Stagger is measured by the diameter difference between the right rear and left rear tires, with the right rear larger by design to make a racecar naturally want to turn left.
From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "After a one-year hiatus, it is great to see the IZOD IndyCar Series return to a tradition that is both a driver and fan favorite - racing on The Milwaukee Mile. Short ovals like Milwaukee are a great test of driver skill and are also challenging from a tire perspective. This is a relatively flat track, and it requires tread compounds with a high level of grip. Unlike Iowa next week, which we approach more like a superspeedway track from a tire perspective, Milwaukee and Loudon are true short ovals that require a unique tire specification. As this summer is heating up, so is the competition on track in the IZOD IndyCar Series season. Coming off of the fantastic centennial running of the Indianapolis 500 and two incredibly fast races at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend, we can't wait to see what's in store as the drivers continue to tackle this oval-centric portion of the schedule. Rest assured that the Firestone Firehawk tires will be there for the drivers to rely upon every lap of the way."
Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: Following each IZOD IndyCar Series race in 2011, Firestone Racing nominates three drivers who best utilized their Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. Fans can go to www.indycar.com in the days after the race and vote for the nominee they believe made the most "Tire-ific" move of the race, with the top vote-getter earning the honor. Both of the two $5,000 prizes from the Firestone Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway will go to EJ Viso for driving from his 19th place starting position to finish seventh in race one, and for moving from the 29th starting spot to finish 10th in race two. They will be presented the checks in pre-race ceremonies Sunday afternoon.
-source: firestone racing