CHAMPCAR/CART: Firestone Michigan preview

Race distance: 250 laps, 500 miles. Firestone tires supplied this weekend: about 1,300 (12 sets per car for 26 cars). Staggers available: 1 (approximately 0.33 inches). Past Firestone winners at Michigan: Scott Pruett (1995), Jimmy Vasser ...

Race distance: 250 laps, 500 miles.

Firestone tires supplied this weekend: about 1,300 (12 sets per car for 26 cars).

Staggers available: 1 (approximately 0.33 inches).

Past Firestone winners at Michigan: Scott Pruett (1995), Jimmy Vasser ('96 U.S. 500), Andre Ribeiro ('96 Michigan 500), Alex Zanardi ('97), Greg Moore ('98), Tony Kanaan ('99), Juan Montoya (2000).

Headed for a perfect dozen: Since Firestone joined CART competition in 1995, it has won every pole and race in CART-sanctioned 500-mile races. The streak currently rests at 11 straight pole and race wins in the most grueling test of man, machine and tire. The first seven of those poles and wins came against direct tire competition. With Firestone supplying every entry in the FedEx Championship Series for the second consecutive season, the tire maker is assured a 12th straight pole and race victory this weekend.

Al Speyer,Bridgestone/Firestone Motorsports Director, on the tire selection for Michigan:

"Michigan International Speedway has provided some of the most memorable Champ car racing in history in recent years and Firestone has been proud to be a part of that excitement. We're certain, in fact, that the Firestone Firehawk tires have played an integral role in the extremely intense competitive nature of the past few races. A 500-mile race is the most demanding situation we face as a tire manufacturer. Drivers need their tires to perform at constant speeds of 230 miles an hour and more for an entire fuel stint. Those same drivers have told us they've come to rely on their Firestone tires to deliver that performance without giving it a second thought. They know the Firehawks give them the control to make the many, many passes that have become commonplace at CART superspeedways, as well as the consistency and durability to clock those blazing speeds for every lap of a run. This weekend, the teams have at their disposal the same proven tire specification that performed so impeccably last year at Michigan and Fontana. To the drivers, these tires are like a friendly, veteran member of their crew someone they know and trust to do their job on race day. Firestone Racing takes great pride and responsibility in that praise and we'll work to continue earning it this weekend."

The last nine races at Michigan have produced nine different winners. Firestone sees that mark going to 10 for 10 this weekend in the final CART race here.

-Firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Scott Pruett , Andre Ribeiro , Greg Moore