IRL: Kentucky: Firestone preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS Indy Racing League IndyCar Series AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 -- Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky. August 12-14, 2005 -- Round 12 of 17 Race Distance: 300 miles (200 laps around the 1.5-mile oval). Firehawk Race ...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS

Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 -- Kentucky Speedway, Sparta, Ky.
August 12-14, 2005 -- Round 12 of 17

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

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 828 Firehawk racing radials for use at Kentucky Speedway. 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. Firestone's race tire development team has brought a proven specification for use in this weekend's event. It was successfully tested in March at Texas Motor Speedway and has been used twice this season, at Texas and at Kansas Speedway.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "The tire we've brought this weekend has already been used twice this season with very successful results, so we're confident it will perform well this weekend as well. This track was a wild card last season because it had undergone grinding and we were a little concerned about wear, but we have none of those same concerns this year. We're expecting a very smooth weekend tire-wise and just looking forward to another action-packed race."

Firestone Performance Award: During pre-race festivities Sunday, Firestone Racing will present a $10,000 check to Bryan Herta of Andretti Green Racing for winning the Firestone Performance Award by leading lap 114 two weeks ago at Michigan International Speedway. 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 Kentucky, the leader of lap 115 will earn the $10,000 award.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bryan Herta