CHAMPCAR/CART: Firestone Toronto pre-race facts

Firestone Firehawk Fast Facts CART FedEx Championship Series Molson Indy at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 13-15, 2001 Race distance: 95 laps, 166.725 miles. Firestone tires supplied this weekend: approx. 750 dry (based on 7...

Firestone Firehawk Fast Facts
CART FedEx Championship Series
Molson Indy at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
July 13-15, 2001

Race distance: 95 laps, 166.725 miles.

Firestone tires supplied this weekend: approx. 750 dry (based on 7 sets per car for 26 cars); approx. 450 rain (based on 4 sets per car for 26 cars)

Past Firestone winners at Toronto: Adrian Fernandez (1996), Mark Blundell ('97), Alex Zanardi ('98), Dario Franchitti ('99), Michael Andretti (2000).

Racing the spectrum: The versatility and engineering expertise of the Firestone Firehawk racing radials will be in plain evidence the next two weekends on the Championship Auto Racing Teams circuit. The tires on tap this weekend for the street course around Exhibition Place feature the softest tread compound Firestone makes, offering drivers maximum grip over the bumps and surface changes, and assisting in quick acceleration out of the corners. Next week's event at Michigan International Speedway calls for the hardest, most durable compound Firestone produces to negotiate the demanding two-mile superspeedway.

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

"The decision on this year's Toronto tires was a simple one because the Firestone engineers opted to return with the same compound and construction specification as a year ago. The Firehawks performed so well at Toronto in 2000, and received such positive feedback from the teams, that we saw no need to make a change. This also is the same tire spec that was used earlier this season at Long Beach, where it again was praised not only from a performance standpoint, but also for the small amount of marbles that were produced on the circuit. We're confident the Firestone tires will help the drivers put on another exciting show this weekend for the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Toronto fans."

Driver Quotes:

Michael Andretti, Team Green Honda/Reynard/Firestone, defending race champion:

"I'm hoping for a repeat. This team has done pretty well there in the past (Team Green had a 1-2 finish in 1999) and I've done pretty well there (six career Toronto wins), so hopefully the two will match up well. It's good that Firestone is bringing the same tire back to Toronto because they were very good for me last year. The tires are never a problem with Firestone, anywhere we go."

-Firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Adrian Fernandez , Dario Franchitti , Alex Zanardi , Mark Blundell