Kentucky: Firestone Motorsports preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS IndyCar Series - Meijer Indy 300 Kentucky Speedway - Sparta, Kentucky July 31-August 1, 2009 - Round 12 of 17 Race Distance: 300 miles/482.803 km (200 laps on the 1.5-mile/2.414-km superspeedway). Firestone...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS
IndyCar Series - Meijer Indy 300
Kentucky Speedway - Sparta, Kentucky
July 31-August 1, 2009 - Round 12 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:
* 960 dry-condition slicks; each car receives nine sets (36 tires) for the race weekend.

Developed during testing at Chicagoland just this past June, they are the same construction as the Homestead Open, Texas, and Kansas tire, with new compounds on both the right and left sides. The compounds are designed to have similar grip and wear to the Kansas race tire. This tire was designed to withstand high superspeedway temperatures and speeds while providing consistent grip.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "After three consecutive road/street course events, the IndyCar Series once again shifts gears to tackle one of its signature 1.5-mile, high-banked superspeedways. Firestone Racing engineers have once again put data acquired during a mid-season test at Chicagoland to work in designing the newest evolution of our superspeedway-spec Firestone Firehawk racing slick. While the changes are subtle, drivers who participated in the Chicagoland test gave this tire very favorable reviews. We understand that Kentucky Speedway performed some diamond grinding on the corners to reduce some of the track's bumpiness. That, combined with the new rules implemented by IndyCar Series officials to improve on-track passing opportunities, should lead to an exciting race under the lights at Kentucky Speedway. Also, I'd like to mention that this weekend marks the 100th Firestone Indy Lights race run under the Indy Racing League banner. Firestone Racing is proud to have been the sole tire supplier for each and every one of those 100 races."

Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: This $10,000 prize will be awarded after each IndyCar Series race to the driver who best utilizes his or her Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. It could be relying on the Firehawks' great grip to execute a daring pass, or having the confidence in the tires' durability to run an extra stint on a set to improve position. After each race, Firestone Racing officials will submit the top three "Tire-ific" candidates to www.indycar.com, where fans will be able to cast their votes during the ensuing week to determine the winner. The winner from last week's Edmonton race (nominees are Will Power, Helio Castroneves, and Mike Conway) will be named in pre-race ceremonies Sunday.

-credit: firestone motorsports

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Will Power