CHAMPCAR/CART: Firestone Nazareth preview

Race distance: 225 laps, 212.85 miles. Firestone tires supplied this weekend: approx. 800 (based on 7 sets per car, 28 cars entered). Staggers available: 1 (approximately 0.43 inches). Past Firestone winners at Nazareth: Jimmy Vasser (1998),...

Race distance: 225 laps, 212.85 miles.

Firestone tires supplied this weekend: approx. 800 (based on 7 sets per car, 28 cars entered).

Staggers available: 1 (approximately 0.43 inches).

Past Firestone winners at Nazareth: Jimmy Vasser (1998), Juan Montoya ('99), Gil de Ferran (2000).

History: Penske Switches, Wins at Nazareth: Marlboro Team Penske came to Nazareth last year with 99 wins under its belt, seeking that magical 100th victory that had eluded the team for three seasons as it ran on another manufacturer's tire. In the last 50 CART events where there were two tire manufacturers competing, Firestone-equipped drivers won 48. Gil de Ferran produced the 100th Penske win at Nazareth on May 27, 2000; it would be the first of five wins Team Penske would take in 2000 as it raced its first season on Firestone tires.

Al Speyer, Bridgestone/Firestone Motorsports Director, on the tire selection for Nazareth:
"Nazareth Speedway has helped produce many special memories for us at Firestone Racing. Obviously it was a great moment for us last year to be a part of Team Penske's historic 100th win here. Switching to our tires wasn't the only change Roger made at the start of the year, but we believe it certainly was an important factor in his team enjoying such tremendous success. Another great moment for us came in 1998, when Jimmy Vasser took the checkered flag here and was among nine Firestone drivers to finish in the top 10 that day. The tires for this weekend are the same compound/construction used here last year. The Firehawks performed flawlessly then and we're confident they'll do so again this year to help make the final Nazareth CART race an exciting one."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Jimmy Vasser
Teams Team Penske