Mid-Ohio: Firestone preview

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: * 1,186 dry-condition slicks; each car receives 10 sets (40 tires) for the race weekend. Firestone Fast Six qualifiers receive one additional set of slicks for that session only. * 456 wet-condition...

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:
* 1,186 dry-condition slicks; each car receives 10 sets (40 tires) for the race weekend. Firestone Fast Six qualifiers receive one additional set of slicks for that session only.

* 456 wet-condition grooved tires; each car receives four sets (16 tires) of rain tires.

Firestone Racing engineers have elected to bring the same tire specifications to Mid-Ohio that was used last season. The dry slicks are the softest in the Firestone road-course inventory and will provide plenty of grip for Mid-Ohio's twists and turns. This tire spec will also be used later this season at Infineon Raceway. The tread-patterned rain tires selected are the softer "street-course rains."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "It's quite a transition to shift from Nashville's 1.33-mile concrete superspeedway, which requires Firestone Racing's most durable tire compound and construction, to the tight twists and turns of Mid-Ohio, for which our engineers will bring our softest road-course specification. Last year's race at Mid-Ohio was an unqualified success on every level, and we will be returning with the same tire that was used here in 2007. The teams and drivers are facing a daunting challenge with six diverse races in as many weeks, but week in and week out, they know they can rely on their Firestone Firehawk tires to provide them with the grip and durability they need to tackle any track configuration and surface."

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 submit the top three "Tire-ific" candidates to www.indycar.com, where fans can cast their votes during the ensuing week to determine the winner. The "Tire-ific" winner from last week's Nashville race (nominees are Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon and Mario Moraes) will be named in pre-race ceremonies Sunday.

-credit: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon