Milwaukee: Firestone preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS IndyCar Series - ABC Supply Co. Inc./A.J. Foyt 225 The Milwaukee Mile - West Allis, Wis. May 31- June 1, 2008 - Round 6 of 18 Race Distance: 225 miles/362.102 km (225 laps on the ...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS
IndyCar Series - ABC Supply Co. Inc./A.J. Foyt 225
The Milwaukee Mile - West Allis, Wis.
May 31- June 1, 2008 - Round 6 of 18

Race Distance: 225 miles/362.102 km (225 laps on the 1-mile/1.609-km oval).

Television/Radio Broadcast: Live - Sunday, June 1, at 4 p.m. EDT on ABC, IMS Radio Network and XM Radio 145.

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: 1,096 dry-condition slicks; each car receives eight sets (32 tires) for the race weekend.

The tire specification for this year's race at the Milwaukee Mile is all-new for both the left and right side. This tire was developed based on results gathered at Firestone's private test at Richmond International Raceway in March. These Firestone Firehawks are designed to provide slightly more grip on both sides. Firestone engineers will bring this new left-side compound to both Milwaukee and Richmond, with unique right-side compounds for each track.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "What a great tradition it is to head to the historic Milwaukee Mile the week after the Indianapolis 500! Now that 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing' is in our rear-view mirrors, it's time to concentrate on the core of the IndyCar Series season, with the upcoming oval races at Milwaukee, Texas, Iowa and Richmond in quick succession. Going into this season, Firestone Racing engineers knew that further developing our 'short oval' tire specification was a primary goal. To that end, we conducted a very successful test at Richmond International Raceway back in March and were able to make strides on our formula based on the data we collected there. We are looking forward to seeing the results of that effort on track in Milwaukee this weekend on what is truly a drivers' track."

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 Indy 500 (nominees are Scott Dixon, Vitor Meira and Ryan Hunter-Reay) will be named in pre-race ceremonies Sunday.

-credit: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Ryan Hunter-Reay , A.J. Foyt , Vitor Meira