Mid-Ohio: Firestone Motorsports preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS IndyCar Series - Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Lexington, Ohio August 7-9, 2009 - Round 13 of 17 Race Distance: 191.93 miles/308.881 km (85 laps on the 2.258-mi./3.634-km permanent road ...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS
IndyCar Series - Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Lexington, Ohio
August 7-9, 2009 - Round 13 of 17

Race Distance: 191.93 miles/308.881 km (85 laps on the 2.258-mi./3.634-km permanent road course).

Television/Radio Broadcast: Live - Sunday, August 9, at 1 p.m. ET on VERSUS, IMS Radio Network, XM Radio 145 and SIRIUS Radio 211.

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:

* Primary (black-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 584, each entry gets six sets (24 total tires);

* Alternate (red-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 294, each entry gets three sets (12 total tires);

* Wet-condition (rain) tires with grooved tread pattern: 372, each entry has five sets available as needed.

Firestone Racing is supplying all-new specifications for both its Mid-Ohio primary and alternate race tires. The black-sidewall primary Firehawks have a compound/ construction formula that is slightly more durable than last year's Mid-Ohio tire. The red-sidewall alternates feature the same tire construction as the primaries, but with a softer tread compound to provide more grip and faster lap times in exchange for some long-term compound durability. Per IndyCar Series rules, all cars must use at least one primary set and one new ("sticker") alternate set during the race, each for a minimum of two green-flag laps. Also, each entry must declare to the league within one hour after qualifying on which dry-condition tire spec it intends to start the race. The Firestone wet-condition tire for this weekend is the softer "street-course rain" spec.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "The entire IndyCar Series paddock seems rejuvenated following last weekend's thrilling Kentucky race, and we're all eager to build on that excitement at Mid-Ohio. This is Firestone Racing's designated home race since the Firehawk tires for this and every IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights event are designed and produced only an hour away in Akron. Last year's Mid-Ohio race had great fan turnout and we expect that again, including several hundred Firestone teammates and associates there to support our racing efforts. The implementation of the Firestone alternate tire program this season has added so much drama and unpredictability to the IndyCar Series road- and street-course events. We're counting on that to be the case again this weekend, since Mid-Ohio is such a demanding and technical permanent circuit requiring precise tire performance and tire management. It will be fascinating to follow the varying tire strategies throughout the race weekend to see who maximizes the capabilities of their Firehawks."

Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: Following each race, Firestone Racing nominates 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. Nominees from Kentucky were Ryan Briscoe, Ed Carpenter and Sarah Fisher. The $10,000 prize winner will be announced in Sunday's pre-race activities.

-credit: firestone motorsports

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Ryan Briscoe , Ed Carpenter