Kansas: Firestone Racing preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS IZOD IndyCar Series - Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 Kansas Speedway - Kansas City, Kansas April 30-May 1, 2010 - Round 5 of 17 Race Distance: 300 miles/482.803 km (200 laps on the ...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS
IZOD IndyCar Series - Road Runner Turbo Indy 300
Kansas Speedway - Kansas City, Kansas
April 30-May 1, 2010 - Round 5 of 17

Race Distance: 300 miles/482.803 km (200 laps on the 1.5-mile/2.414-km superspeedway).

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:
* 1020 dry-condition slicks; each car receives eight sets (32 tires) for the race weekend.

New for 2010, this particular tire specification was developed at Firestone Racing's tire test at Homestead-Miami Speedway in early January. This spec uses the same construction as the 2009 Homestead race tire, with new compounds on both the right and left sides. Kansas Speedway will be the first event for this new Firestone Firehawk tire, and it will also see action this season at the Kentucky open test and Texas race. This tire spec should have slightly better grip than the 2009 Kansas tire, with similar consistency.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "After starting the season with four road/street course events, Firestone Racing is eagerly anticipating the first of four consecutive oval races on the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule. Kansas Speedway is an important stop on the calendar, because it really serves as a great precursor to the Indianapolis 500. We are expecting 27 entries in this event, which should provide plenty of on-track action as teams and drivers try to acquire as much data and experience as possible in the only oval event prior to Indy. Firestone Racing is bringing a new tire spec to Kansas Speedway, but based on testing results, we expect it will perform well with no issues."

Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: Following each IZOD IndyCar Series race again in 2010, Firestone Racing will nominate three drivers who best utilized their Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. Fans can go to www.indycar.com and vote for the nominee they believe made the most "Tire-ific" move of the race. The $10,000 prize from Long Beach - to Ryan Hunter-Reay, for his nifty pass of lapped traffic to retain the lead and go on to win - will be awarded in pre-race activities Saturday.

-source: firestone racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay