IRL: Chicagoland: Firestone preview

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: * 880 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...

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:

* 880 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 Firehawk tires for Chicagoland come from Firestone's superspeedway stock, developed to stand up to the constant high speeds and loading placed on the tires. This weekend's tire specification for the left side of the car is the same tire raced previously this year at Homestead, Kansas and Texas. The right side tire is the same construction and compound used at this year's event in Kentucky, with slightly more tread gauge to provide longer wear life on the abrasive Chicagoland Speedway track. This combination was developed as a result of testing here earlier this season.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "The fantastic racing that we have seen all season long in the IndyCar Series has brought us to this point - a very close title chase, with three great drivers battling it out once and for all on one of the series' signature 1.5-mile tracks. Chicagoland has traditionally provided some great, wheel-to-wheel (or tire-to-tire) action, and Firestone is confident that our Firehawks will provide all of the drivers with the grip and durability needed to withstand the high speeds and abrasive track surface. In our continual effort to develop the absolute best superspeedway tires we can possibly deliver, we tested here back in June in order to make sure that we would be 100 percent ready for this crucial event. And when the checkered flag waves on Sunday, Firestone will be proud to say that we have equipped 11 IndyCar Series champions since 1996."

Firestone Performance Award: This $10,000 prize commemorates Firestone's status as the only tire manufacturer to have participated in every IndyCar Series race, and is given to the driver leading the lap number corresponding to the cumulative number of races in series history. The Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean is the 151st event, so the leader of lap 151 will claim the prize.

-credit: firestone

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