CART FedEx Championship Series Motorola 220 at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. August 17-19, 2001 Race distance: 55 laps, 222.64 miles. Firestone tires supplied this weekend: about 750 dry (7 sets per car for 26 cars). about 450 rain (4 sets...
CART FedEx Championship Series
Motorola 220 at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.
August 17-19, 2001
Race distance: 55 laps, 222.64 miles.
Firestone tires supplied this weekend: about 750 dry (7 sets per car for 26 cars). about 450 rain (4 sets per car for 26 cars).
Past Firestone winners at Road America: Alex Zanardi (1997), Dario Franchitti ('98), Christian Fittipaldi ('99), Paul Tracy (2000).
The long and winding Road (America): The Elkhart Lake scene has been a staple of the CART series for two decades now. It's sheer length (4.048 miles), long high-speed straightaways and fast sweeping turns make it unique to the series - and a unique challenge for a tire supplier as well. In fact, the Firestone compound/construction mix that the teams will enjoy this weekend is prepared for Road America alone and will not be used at any other course this season.
Al Speyer, Bridgestone/Firestone Motorsports Director, on tire selection for Road America:
"Firestone has on hand this weekend the hardest road course compound in our current repertoire. The reasoning is simple: Road America is more than a mile longer than any other road or street circuit on which CART competes, so tire durability is of utmost priority here. With qualifying and race laps surpassing 140 miles per hour, it is easily the fastest road or street course that we prepare tires for, not to mention speeds around 200 miles an hour in the long straights and approaching that in the fast corners. At those speeds and for that length of time around the track, the drivers must be able to depend on their tires to deliver those sustained speeds lap after lap. That, of course, is the hallmark of the Firestone Firehawk racing radials - to provide consistent performance over the span of a full fuel run and more. CART teams and drivers know and rely on that given Firestone performance standard nowadays. It gives them all an added boost of confidence, allowing them to push harder and increase the already tight level of competition. We think it will help make for another exciting race weekend at Road America."
There have been six different winning drivers since Firestone began competing at Road America in 1995, a testament to the way the Firehawk tires have enhanced the level of competition from top to bottom. Firestone predicts a seventh straight different winner this weekend to keep the streak going.