IRL: Pikes Peak: Firestone preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Honda Indy 225 - Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain, Colo. August 20-21, 2005 - Round 13 of 17 Race Distance: 225 miles (225 laps around the mile oval). Firehawk Race...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS
Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Honda Indy 225 - Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain, Colo.
August 20-21, 2005 - Round 13 of 17

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

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 760 Firehawk racing radials for use at PPIR. All were produced at the Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. At the direction of Indy Racing League officials, each entered car receives seven sets of tires (28 total) this weekend, to be used at the team's discretion throughout the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Firestone's race tire development team has brought another proven specification for use in this weekend's event. The same specification handled the rigors of PPIR a year ago quite successfully. The PPIR spec features a stagger difference of approximately 0.51 of an inch in the rear tires.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "The Pikes Peak track demands a compromise in tire selection. As with all flat mile ovals, drivers and teams seek as soft of a tire as possible to deliver the most grip. But in the thinner air of Colorado, we can also see track temperatures approaching 150 degrees Fahrenheit, so we must develop a tire that stands up to those extremes and still delivers the consistency and durability for which the Firestone Firehawks have become famous. The sensational Firestone engineers and chemists in Akron have hit on a formula that's worked tremendously well at PPIR in the past and we're utilizing that spec again this weekend. We're also excited for Firestone to be serving as the Official Tire at PPIR in 2005 and are looking forward to the great additional exposure the brand will generate this weekend through that agreement. Finally, we'd like to congratulate Honda on the 10th anniversary weekend of its first U.S. open-wheel win, coming just three weeks after the 10-year anniversary of Firestone's first modern-era victory. Firestone tires were also on the Honda-powered Tasman Motorsports car Andre Ribeiro drove to victory at New Hampshire in 1995. It was just the first in a long line of successful collaborations between Firestone and Honda in the last decade, including seven U.S. major open-wheel championships."

Firestone Performance Award: During pre-race festivities Sunday, Firestone Racing will present a $10,000 check to Vitor Meira of Rahal Letterman Racing for winning the Firestone Performance Award by leading lap 115 at Kentucky Speedway last week. The award commemorates Firestone's status as the only tire manufacturer to have participated in every IRL event in league history. It is given to the driver who, in each IndyCar Series race, leads the lap number corresponding to the total number of races run to that point in series history. This weekend at PPIR, the leader of lap 116 will earn the award.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Andre Ribeiro , Vitor Meira