Motegi: Firestone Motorsports preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS IndyCar Series - Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 Twin Ring Motegi - Motegi, Japan September 18-19, 2009 - Round 16 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 - Bridgestone Indy Japan 300
Twin Ring Motegi - Motegi, Japan
September 18-19, 2009 - Round 16 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:
* 1,116 dry-condition slicks; each car receives eight sets (32 tires) for the race weekend.

For 2009, Firestone Racing engineers have developed a unique tire specification for the Motegi event. These Firestone Firehawk racing tires use our superspeedway (Texas, Kansas, Chicagoland) construction with compounds that are close to the grip and wear levels found in our Indianapolis 500 tires. Firestone Engineers have determined that this is the best formula for the unique, egg-shaped oval at Twin Ring Motegi.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Members of the Firestone Racing team are looking forward to experiencing autumn in Japan, after many years of traveling to Twin Ring Motegi during the spring months. The Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 is one of our favorite events on the IndyCar Series schedule, as it gives us an opportunity each year to meet with colleagues and executives from our Tokyo-based parent company, Bridgestone Corporation. The Japanese racing fans always give us such a warm welcome when we visit, and we like to reward them with exciting racing on the track. Firestone Racing engineers have been hard at work formulating the best tire combination to stand up to the demands of this unique track. It is one of the fastest tracks we visit, and I am confident that Firestone Racing is bringing a tire with the right level of grip and durability to allow drivers to put on a great show for our Japanese fans and teammates, as well as the viewers at home."

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 the last event at Chicagoland (nominees are Ryan Briscoe, Mario Moraes, and Graham Rahal) will be named in pre-race ceremonies Saturday.

-credit: firestone motorsports

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Ryan Briscoe , Mario Moraes