IRL: Milwaukee: Firestone preview

Race Distance: 225 miles (225 laps around the 1-mile oval). Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 764 Firehawk racing radials for use this weekend. All were produced at the Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. At the direction...

Race Distance: 225 miles (225 laps around the 1-mile oval).

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 764 Firehawk racing radials for use this weekend. All were produced at the Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. At the direction of Indy Racing League officials, each entered car will receive eight sets of tires (32 total) this weekend, to be used at the team's discretion throughout practice, qualifying and race sessions. The tire spec for this weekend is one specifically designed for "short ovals," and it has been used in previous events at Pikes Peak International Raceway. The specification was successfully tested at Milwaukee during an open testing session in June.

Firestone in the Indy Racing League: This weekend's race will mark the 96th event since the IRL's debut in 1996 - and Firestone has been there for every race. The only tire manufacturer to have participated in every IRL event, Firestone is now in its ninth season of IRL competition and fifth season as sole supplier to the league, with 78 victories and seven of the league's nine championships to date. Again this season, Firestone is commemorating its status as the only tire manufacturer to have participated in every IRL race with the Firestone Performance Award, given to the driver leading the race lap that corresponds with the number of IRL races run to that point. This weekend's winner will be the leader of lap 96 and be presented with a $10,000 check from Firestone Racing during pre-race festivities at the Michigan Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 1.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Milwaukee is certainly one of the great venues in all of motorsports, and we're excited that the IRL will be competing here for the first time. It will be good to see the Firestone name back at the Mile. There's certainly a lot of history here - it's one of the few venues that has been around as long as Firestone has been involved in racing. We've signed an official tire agreement with the track this season and are working together on a lot of exciting promotional activities surrounding the race, so there is a lot of action off the track as well as on the track for us in this market."

Tire Terminology: Air Pressure - expressed in pounds per square inch (PSI), a measurement of the air pressure used to inflate a tire. Tire pressure may vary significantly from tire to tire on a racecar, determined by the type of track and car set-up.

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