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Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 924 Firehawk racing radials for use this weekend. All were produced at the company's technical center in Tokyo, Japan. At the direction of Indy Racing League officials, each entered car will...

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 924 Firehawk racing radials for use this weekend. All were produced at the company's technical center in Tokyo, Japan. At the direction of Indy Racing League officials, each entered car will receive nine sets of tires (36 total) this weekend, to be used at the team's discretion throughout the practice, qualifying and race sessions. The specification chosen by the Firestone race tire development team for this weekend's event is slightly different than the one used at California Speedway in 2003, with minor changes to the right-side tire. The same spec was used earlier this season at Michigan International Speedway, where it provided consistent performance and durability.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "After a two-weekend break, we're all eager to get back on track this weekend. This is always an exciting venue for us. The track configuration lends itself to that trademark side-by-side racing that makes IRL competition so exciting, and the championship battle will undoubtedly come into play. That means everyone will be racing hard, and we've brought a tire specification this weekend that we believe can take the punishment. It's a proven spec that has shown excellent durability and high-speed performance 0x2022 it was used with great success earlier this season at Michigan and we're expecting the same this weekend."

Firestone Performance Award: During pre-race festivities Sunday, Firestone Racing will present a $10,000 check to Buddy Rice of Rahal Letterman Racing for leading lap 101 of the Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 12. This 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 event, leads the lap number corresponding to the total number of IndyCar races run to that point. The leader of lap 102 this weekend will earn the $10,000 Firestone Performance Award.

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