IRL: Mid-Ohio: Firestone preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS IndyCar Series The Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by Westfield Insurance Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Lexington, Ohio July 20-22, 2007 - Round 12 of 17 Race Distance: 191.93 miles/308.88 km (85 laps on the ...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS

IndyCar Series
The Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by Westfield Insurance
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Lexington, Ohio
July 20-22, 2007 - Round 12 of 17

Race Distance: 191.93 miles/308.88 km (85 laps on the 2.258-mile/3.633-km road course).

Television Broadcast: Live - Sunday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m. EDT on ABC.

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: * 724 dry-condition slicks; each car receives eight sets (32 tires) for the race weekend. Firestone Fast Six qualifiers receive one additional set of slicks for that session.

* 340 wet-condition grooved tires; each car receives four sets (16 total tires) of rain tires.

The Firestone Firehawk dry-condition slicks are the "softest," or highest-grip of the road course tires in our current lineup. This is the same tire used in the Mid-Ohio open test this year. Likewise, the wet-condition tires, which possess a tread pattern designed to displace water, are the "softest" in our arsenal. They are the same rain tires that were supplied at both the St. Petersburg and Watkins Glen events this season.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "What a busy season - from a road course to a superspeedway and back to a road course in three consecutive weekends! After an extended absence, Firestone Racing is looking forward to returning to the famed Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. We have a long history of competition at this track, so the data we have compiled over the years, along with information gathered at the recent IndyCar Series open test, give us confidence in our tire selections heading into this inaugural event."

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 normally given to the driver leading the lap number corresponding to the cumulative number of races in series history. But since the Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio is the 146th IndyCar Series race and the race distance is only 85 laps, the Firestone Performance Award will go to the driver who leads the lap when the 146th race mile is completed, which is lap number 65.

-credit: firestone

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