IRL: Homestead: Firestone Racing preview

Race Distance: 300 miles or 482.8 kilometers (200 laps around the 1.5-mile oval). Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 796 Firehawk racing radials for use this weekend. All were produced at the Firestone Technical Center in Akron,...

Race Distance: 300 miles or 482.8 kilometers (200 laps around the 1.5-mile oval).

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 796 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 will receive eight sets of tires (32 total) this weekend, to be used at the team's discretion throughout practice, qualifying and race sessions. Firestone's race tire development team has brought a new specification for this weekend's event. With different compounds for both the left- and right-side tires, the grip level will be comparable to the tire used last season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but with improved durability. This specification was tested at Homestead-Miami in January with very successful results.J

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing:
"Homestead-Miami is perhaps our most challenging venue because the track's configuration places a tremendous amount of loading on tires, and wear can be an issue. This year we've brought a new specification, which we tested in January with great results. Driver and team feedback on this tire was very positive and we're confident we've designed a tire that gives them the grip and durability they need. We're well-prepared for this and all the other challenges 2005 will bring and certainly eager to get the racing season underway."

Firestone Performance Award: During pre-race festivities on Sunday, Firestone Racing will present a $10,000 check to Adrian Fernandez for leading lap 103 of last year's season finale, the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. 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. This weekend, the leader of lap 104 of the Toyota Indy 300 will earn the $10,000 Firestone Performance Award.

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Drivers Adrian Fernandez