IRL: Kentucky: Firestone preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS IndyCar Series Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's Kentucky Speedway - Sparta, Ky. August 10-11, 2007 - Round 14 of 17 Race Distance: 300 miles/482.803 km (200 laps on the ...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS

IndyCar Series
Meijer Indy 300 Presented by Coca-Cola and Edy's
Kentucky Speedway - Sparta, Ky.
August 10-11, 2007 - Round 14 of 17

Race Distance: 300 miles/482.803 km (200 laps on the 1.5-mile/2.414-km oval).

Television Broadcast: Live - Saturday, August 11, at 6:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN2.

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:

* 720 dry-condition slicks; each car receives eight sets (32 tires) for the race weekend.

* Tire stagger for this weekend is set at approximately 0.45 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 selected for Kentucky are the latest evolution of Firestone's superspeedway arsenal. The new tire specification is similar to the tires used earlier this season at fellow 1.5-mile tracks (Homestead-Miami, Kansas and Texas), with the only change a slight right-side tire construction modification to increase grip. The change was confirmed during testing in June at Chicagoland Speedway with IndyCar Series drivers Sam Hornish Jr. and Tony Kanaan.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "We're excited to return to Kentucky Speedway, where the racing is usually riveting for the fans. An added treat this year will be racing in the evening. All of us at Firestone Racing are eager to put the new spec of Firehawk tires to race use this weekend as well. Our intermediate oval tires have worked quite well at the 1.5-mile tracks earlier in the season, but the Firestone race tire development staff is constantly looking for ways to make them better. Following a successful two-day test at Chicagoland Speedway, they believe they've hit on a subtle but vital construction change to the right-side tires that will give drivers more of that all-important grip. As usual, we'll monitor tire performance throughout the weekend, but we're confident the teams and drivers will be pleased with this latest generation of Firehawk racing radials."

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 Meijer Indy 300 is the 148th event, so the leader of lap 148 will claim the prize.

-credit: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Sam Hornish Jr.