Mid-Ohio: Firestone Racing preview

Race Distance: 191.93 miles/308.881 km (85 laps on the 2.258-mile/3.634-km permanent road course). Television/Radio Broadcast: Live - Sunday, August 8, at 2:30 p.m. ET on VERSUS, IMS Radio Network, XM Radio 145 and SIRIUS Radio 211.

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

Television/Radio Broadcast: Live - Sunday, August 8, at 2:30 p.m. ET on VERSUS, IMS Radio Network, XM Radio 145 and SIRIUS Radio 211. Qualifying show airs at 6 p.m. ET Saturday, August 7 on VERSUS.

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:
* Primary (black-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 726, each entry gets six sets (24 total tires);
* Alternate (red-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 354, each entry gets three sets (12 total tires);
* Wet-condition (rain) tires with grooved tread pattern: 452, each entry has five sets available as needed.

Per series regulations, all cars must use at least one primary set of tires and one new alternate set during the race, each for a minimum of two green-flag laps, unless rain tires are used - then teams are free to use their tire allotment as they see fit. The alternate tires are identical in construction to the primaries but contain a softer tread compound that provides more grip and faster lap times, yet trades off compound durability in exchange for those shorter-term advantages. Firestone Racing is bringing an all-new primary tire specification for Mid-Ohio based on results from a tire test at the track in September 2009. The updated spec features new compound formulas and a slight tire construction change designed to mimic the grip and durability of last year's primary Firehawks for Mid-Ohio. Teams that participated in last week's private testing at Mid-Ohio were each able to run a set of the new spec to familiarize themselves. The Firestone alternate tires for Mid-Ohio pair the same left-side alternates used this season at Barber Motorsports Park and Edmonton with new right-side alternates. The rain tire is the softer rain, the only rain tire used this season.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Mid-Ohio is a special circuit for us since it is a short drive from our Akron Technical Center where the Firestone Racing race tire development staff is based and where the fine Firehawk race tires are designed and produced. Many of our tech center staff will be on hand this weekend to witness the rewards of their efforts. The primary and alternate tires have contributed greatly to the exciting racing we've seen on the road and street courses this season and, based on the testing performed at Mid-Ohio to develop this year's specs, we expect the new Firehawks to do more of the same."

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. The winner from Edmonton is Paul Tracy, who made a strong charge from 15th starting position to finish sixth. Tracy will receive the $10,000 prize during Sunday's pre-race activities.

-source: firestone racing

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