IRL: Milwaukee: Firestone preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS Indy Racing League IndyCar Series ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 - The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis. July 22-24, 2005 - Round 10 of 17 Race Distance: 225 miles or 362.102 kilometers (225 laps around the ...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS
Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 - The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis.
July 22-24, 2005 - Round 10 of 17

Race Distance: 225 miles or 362.102 kilometers (225 laps around the mile oval).

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 828 Firehawk racing radials for use at The Milwaukee Mile. 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. The tire specification this weekend features a left-side compound with more grip ("softer") than was used at Milwaukee in 2004. The right-side tires come from the same spec as a year ago.

Stagger defined: Firestone purposely molds its right-rear Firehawk oval tires with a slightly greater diameter than the left-rear tires, allowing the Indy cars to turn left more smoothly. The effect is known as "stagger." The diameter difference is tiny - about 0.51 of an inch this weekend - yet the effect is dramatic in making the cars turn more naturally, which decreases stresses placed on both driver and equipment.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Just because Firestone is the exclusive supplier to the Indy Racing League does not mean we are not continually developing and refining our race tires. This weekend is a prime example. The Firestone tires that ran at Milwaukee in 2004 performed quite well, and we easily could have returned this year with the same specification and done fine. But the Firestone engineers and chemists are always striving to make the Firehawk race tires even more durable, consistent and fast, so we've bringing a spec featuring slightly more grip in the left-side compounds. We believe it will make the racing even better this weekend, and it shows Firestone's ongoing commitment as a sponsor and supplier to the IRL."

Firestone Performance Award: During pre-race festivities Sunday, Firestone Racing will present a $10,000 check to Tony Kanaan of Andretti Green Racing for winning the Firestone Performance Award by leading lap 112 last weekend at Nashville Superspeedway. The award commemorates Firestone's status as the only tire manufacturer to have participated in every IRL event. It is given to the driver who, in each IndyCar Series contest, leads the lap number corresponding to the cumulative number of races run to that point in series history. This weekend at Milwaukee, the leader of lap 113 will earn the $10,000 Firestone Performance Award.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , A.J. Foyt