IRL: Richmond: Firestone preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS IndyCar Series - SunTrust Indy Challenge presented by XM Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va. June 29-30, 2007 - Round 9 of 17 Race Distance: 187.5 miles/301.752 kilometers (250 laps on ...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS
IndyCar Series - SunTrust Indy Challenge presented by XM
Richmond International Raceway, Richmond, Va.
June 29-30, 2007 - Round 9 of 17

Race Distance: 187.5 miles/301.752 kilometers (250 laps on the 0.75-mile/1.207-kilometer oval).

Television Broadcast: Live at 7:30 p.m. EDT Saturday, June 30 on ESPN.

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: 620 dry-condition slicks.

Each car receives seven sets (28 total tires) for the race weekend to use as its team decides in practice, qualifying and the race. The tire stagger available this weekend equates to approximately 0.60 of an inch diameter difference between the left and right rear tires.

The Firehawk tire specification for Richmond features a new right-side compound paired with the same left-side configuration from 2006. In an effort to respond to driver requests for "more grip," Firestone's race tire development staff has come up with a slightly "softer" right-side formula that should answer that challenge.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "While the ovals last weekend at Iowa and this weekend at Richmond are close in length, they are miles apart in terms of tire preparation. The banking and high speeds at Iowa necessitated use of Firestone tires most often used in superspeedway situations. With speeds a bit slower and the Indy cars not generating quite the loading and g-forces at Richmond, we can opt for a more typical short oval Firehawk specification - one that will only be used at Richmond this year. We have again listened to the teams and drivers, and returned to Richmond with a tire spec that should deliver more grip and enhance the already-tight racing around this bullring oval. We expect another exciting and unpredictable IndyCar Series race."

Firestone Performance Award: This $10,000 prize commemorates Firestone's status as the only tire manufacturer to have participated in every IndyCar Series race. It is given to the driver leading the lap number corresponding to the cumulative number of races in series history. The SunTrust Indy Challenge is the 143rd IndyCar Series race, so the Firestone Performance Award will go to the driver who leads lap 143.

-credit: firestone

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