CHAMPCAR/CART: Firestone Texas pre-race notes

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS CART FedEx Championship Series Firestone Firehawk 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas April 27-29, 2001 Race distance: to be determined (approximately 248 laps, 372 miles, 600 kilometers). Firestone tires...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS
CART FedEx Championship Series
Firestone Firehawk 600 at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas
April 27-29, 2001

Race distance: to be determined (approximately 248 laps, 372 miles, 600 kilometers).
Firestone tires supplied this weekend: more than 1,000 (9 sets per car, 28 cars entered).
Staggers available: 1 (approximately 0.33 inches).

Past Firestone winners at Texas: This is the first CART event at Texas Motor Speedway.

Familiar surroundings: While this is CART's initial venture to Texas Motor Speedway, Firestone Racing is well versed with the track and its tendencies. Firestone has been part of the Indy Racing League competition the past four years at TMS and relied on its extensive experience at the 1.5-mile oval to design the proper tire compound/construction combination for this weekend's CART debut. Firestone engineers settled on a completely new tire, though it is a cousin to the specification run last year at Motegi, Japan. The Texas spec features the same tire construction as the Motegi spec but with a more durable tread compound.

Al Speyer, Bridgestone/Firestone Motorsports Director, on the tire selection for Texas:
"When you combine the high banks of Texas Motor Speedway with the powerful engine/chassis/tire packages driven by CART drivers, you have the perfect ingredients for a phenomenal race. Every team knows this is going to be a very demanding competition, pushing drivers and their equipment to the absolute edge. While we've raced here before with the Indy Racing League, the CART cars have more horsepower and less downforce, presenting us a real challenge in designing a tire for this weekend. The tire we've developed is brand new and is the hardest compound superspeedway tire we've ever used in a CART race. It's interesting to note that just three weeks ago, these same drivers were in Long Beach, using the softest compound street tire we'll use all season. I think that says something about the flexibility of our engineering program, providing just the right tire for every CART event.

"We're also very proud to be the title sponsor for the Firestone Firehawk 600, presented by Pioneer, and we're confident the fans are going to see some extremely exciting, extremely competitive tire-to-tire racing action Sunday afternoon."

FIRESTONE PREDICTS:
The fastest IRL race at Texas averaged 175.276 mph, set last October. In this, their maiden voyage on the speedway, don't expect the Champ cars to exceed that average.

-Firestone

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