FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS
Race Distance: 300 miles (200 laps around the 1.5-mile oval).
Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 828 Firehawk racing radials for use this weekend. All were produced at the Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. At the direction of Indy Racing League officials, each entered car receives eight sets of tires (32 total) this weekend, to be used at the team's discretion throughout the practice, qualifying and race sessions. The Firestone race tire development team has brought a brand-new specification for this weekend's event. Based on the construction used previously on 1.5-mile ovals, the spec features new left- and right-side compounds and was designed, in part, to increase heat resistance. It also features increased durability of the right-rear position tire. The spec was successfully tested at Kansas Speedway earlier this summer.
Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "The Chicagoland race is one we always look forward to -- not only because of the close racing we always see here, but also because it's another 'home' race for us. Our retail operation is headquartered right down the road in Bloomingdale and we also have more than 60 retail outlets in the greater Chicago area. So we'll be hosting many of our own Bridgestone Firestone teammates this weekend. And we expect them to see another exciting Chicagoland race. We've brought a new spec this weekend and are looking forward to putting it to good use on a track that, without fail, produces thrilling races."
Firestone Performance Award: During pre-race festivities Sunday, Firestone Racing will present a check to Dan Wheldon of Andretti Green Racing for winning the Firestone Performance Award two weeks ago at Infineon Raceway. The award commemorates Firestone's status as the only tire manufacturer to have participated in every IRL event and is given to the driver who, in each IndyCar Series race, leads the lap number corresponding to the total number of races run to that point in series history. This weekend at Chicagoland, the leader of lap 118 will earn the $10,000 award.