IRL: Kansas: Firestone preview

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 700 dry-condition Firehawk race tires for use. All were produced at the Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. Per IRL rules, Firestone brings a single specification to oval events, assuring...

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 700 dry-condition Firehawk race tires for use. All were produced at the Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. Per IRL rules, Firestone brings a single specification to oval events, assuring all competitors the same quality race tire. Each car receives eight sets of slicks (32 total tires) for the race weekend, to use as its team determines in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Firestone Racing engineers selected a tire spec that has already proven its worthiness on the lightning-fast, high-banked 1.5-mile ovals in the IndyCar Series. This identical Firehawk debuted last fall at Chicagoland Speedway and returned to use in 2006 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, and most recently at the IndyCar Series open test at Kansas Speedway on June 13.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "IndyCar Racing on these high-speed, 1.5-mile ovals guarantees wheel-to-wheel action. As we have proven at Homestead, Texas and here at Kansas at the open test just a few weeks ago, the Firestone Firehawk tires are up to the challenge. Because the racing here is so close, tires certainly play a critical role as teams determine their race strategy and make those split-second decisions that are all the difference between winning and losing. Last year's down-to-the-wire finish saw Tony Kanaan and Andretti Green Racing opt for fuel-only on their last pit stop - the ultimate demonstration of faith in their tires. We are proud that we can supply a product whose reliability allows teams to take such calculated risks and run varying strategies, providing even more exciting racing and intrigue for the fans."

Firestone Performance Award: During the 2006 season, Firestone Racing continues presenting this award in conjunction with each IndyCar Series event. The $10,000 bonus commemorates Firestone's status as the only tire manufacturer to have participated in every IRL race, and is traditionally given to the driver who, at each IndyCar Series event, leads the lap number corresponding to the cumulative number of races run in series history. The Kansas Lottery Indy 300 is the 128th IndyCar Series race, so the award will go to the driver who leads lap 128.

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