IRL: Texas: Firestone preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS Race Distance: 300 miles/482.80 kilometers (200 laps around the 1.5-mile oval). Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 700 dry-condition Firehawk race tires for use. All were produced at the Firestone...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS

Race Distance: 300 miles/482.80 kilometers (200 laps around the 1.5-mile oval).

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 700 dry-condition Firehawk race tires for use. All were produced at the Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. Per IRL rules, Firestone brings a single specification to oval events, assuring all competitors the same quality race tire. Each car receives eight sets of slicks (32 total tires) for the race weekend, to use as its team determines in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Firestone Racing engineers selected a tire spec that, while new for Texas Motor Speedway, has already proven its worthiness on the high-banked, high-speed 1.5-mile ovals in the IndyCar Series. The identical tire spec debuted last fall at Chicagoland Speedway and returned to use in the 2006 season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway, arguably the most demanding track on the schedule when it comes to tires.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "This weekend should provide another great demonstration of the versatility of the Firestone Firehawk racing tires. In the past two weeks, we have gone from very hot race-day temperatures in the mid-90s on the Indianapolis superspeedway to the mid-50s and rain on the permanent road course at Watkins Glen. With sunshine and temperatures expected to hit triple-digits during the day at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend, we will truly be going from one extreme to another and back again. Not to mention the changes the track will undergo as temperatures cool for the Saturday night race. Texas always produces consistently fast lap times and extremely close side-by-side competition, so the last thing the drivers need to worry about is their tires. We have proven that Firestone builds racing tires that can endure the extraordinary demands of this race track, and have the utmost confidence in the tires for this weekend that have already demonstrated their capabilities on similar ovals. We look forward to being a part of another exciting event here."

Firestone Performance Award: During the 2006 season, Firestone Racing continues presenting this award in conjunction with each IndyCar Series event. The $10,000 bonus commemorates Firestone's status as the only tire manufacturer to have participated in every IRL race, and is traditionally given to the driver who, at each IndyCar Series event, leads the lap number corresponding to the cumulative number of races run in series history. The Bombardier Learjet 500k is the 126th IndyCar Series race, so the award will go to the driver who leads lap 126.

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