Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:
* 1,040 dry-condition slicks; each car receives eight sets (32 tires) for the race weekend.
* Tire stagger for this weekend is set at approximately 0.46 of an inch. Stagger, which helps Indy cars turn more smoothly on oval tracks, is created by producing the right-rear tire with a slightly larger diameter than the left rear.
The left-side compound is a new compound for 2008 superspeedways designed to have slightly more grip. The right-side compound is unchanged from 2007. The construction of all four tires has been slightly modified from 2007, again in an effort to slightly increase grip; however, the constructions are based off of the 2007 Kentucky and Chicagoland tire. This is the same tire spec that was run at the Homestead open tests.
From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "With the recent announcement of Firestone's increased support of the unified IndyCar Series and the re-branding of the Indy Pro Series as Firestone Indy Lights, we are thrilled to see 26 cars entered in each of those events. All of the fantastic open-wheel racing fans have in store for them this weekend will be on reliable Firestone Firehawk racing tires. Our engineers have been hard at work over the winter, testing and developing new technology. The mile-and-a-half ovals are traditionally the toughest tracks on our tires due to the lateral loading caused by the high speed and tight corner radii, so we are continually perfecting our formula. For the transitioning former Champ Car teams, the Firestone Firehawks and the Firestone Racing teammates that prepare them will offer a familiar constant they can rely upon in a season of change."
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. 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 officials will submit the top three "Tire-ific" candidates to www.indycar.com, where fans will be able to cast their votes during the ensuing week to determine the winner. The winner will be named at the succeeding race.