IRL: Pikes Peak: Firestone preview

Race Distance: 225 miles (225 laps around the mile oval). Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 760 Firehawk racing radials for use this weekend. All were produced at the company's technical center in Akron, Ohio. At the direction of...

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

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 760 Firehawk racing radials for use this weekend. All were produced at the company's technical center in Akron, Ohio. At the direction of Indy Racing League officials, each entered car will receive seven sets of Firehawks (28 total tires) this weekend, to be used at its team's discretion throughout practice, qualifying and race sessions. The tire specification for this weekend is a proven commodity that comes from the Firestone line of short-oval tires. The spec is the same that was used at Pikes Peak in 2003 and also was run earlier this season at Milwaukee. The approximate stagger of the rear tires is 0.51 of an inch.

Firestone in the Indy Racing League: The Honda Indy 225 marks the 99th event since the IRL IndyCar Series debuted 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 as sole supplier to the league, with 81 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 competed in every IRL race with the Firestone Performance Award, presented to the driver leading the race lap that corresponds with the cumulative number of IndyCar Series races to that point. This weekend's winner will be the leader of lap 99 and be presented a $10,000 check from Firestone Racing during pre-race festivities for the Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway on Aug. 29.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "This is the first of two short ovals on consecutive weekends in the IRL schedule, and car handling is critical to a driver's chances of success on these tracks. The tires clearly play a pivotal role in how well a racecar handles and maneuvers. The Firestone race tire development group believes it has hit upon the right formula for Pikes Peak, so we've opted to return with the same specification Firehawk as was used here a year ago. Pikes Peak also often registers some of the highest track temperatures we'll see all season, due to long periods of blazing sunshine through the thin air at this altitude. Despite these extreme stresses, the Firestone race tires have annually provided the grip and response necessary to run up front here and we expect that to continue again this weekend."

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