FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS CART FedEx Championship Series Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston at Brown Convention Ctr. October 5-7, 2001 Race distance: 100 laps, 152.026 miles. Firestone tires supplied this weekend: approx. 750 dry (based...
FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS
CART FedEx Championship Series
Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston at Brown Convention Ctr.
October 5-7, 2001
Race distance: 100 laps, 152.026 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 Houston: Dario Franchitti (1998), Paul Tracy ('99), Jimmy Vasser (2000).
Street science: Tires for use on CART street circuits are actually the "softest," in terms of compound and construction, of the variety Firestone produces to compete on the series' range of street courses, road courses, short ovals, intermediate ovals and superspeedways. Yet even Firestone's street course race tires are categorized into a "soft" and "hard" variety, with the more durable (harder) compound selected for this weekend in Houston. It is the same compound/-construction specification used in Houston last year and again this year at Detroit.
Al Speyer, Bridgestone/Firestone Motorsports Director, on the tire selection for Houston:
"It's good for the CART series to be racing on home soil again. As our nation's leaders have stressed, it is important for us to resume as normal of a routine as possible, and that even holds true for the sporting world. That's why we are looking forward to this weekend in Houston. The Firestone race tires should yet again showcase their unrivaled performance characteristics of unparalleled durability and consistency for all the drivers competing. We know this to be true because this particular compound/construction combination has already proven itself on the Houston street circuit, during the 2000 race weekend. The drivers were quite complimentary of the tires then, especially race winner Jimmy Vasser, and we're confident the field will be pleased with the tire performance again in 2001. Firestone is excited to know that we'll continue our perfect winning record in Houston this weekend with a fourth consecutive race victory."
Jimmy Vasser, defending race winner, on returning with the same Firestone tire specification:
"I've felt competitive at Houston from the first session when the track was brand new (in '98), so I'm looking forward to having a good weekend. I've won races at all four tracks that we finish out the season on (Houston, Laguna Seca, Australia, Fontana), so I'm looking forward to getting some race wins for Patrick Racing. Last year's tires were fantastic, and it's good to know Firestone is bringing the same tire back again this year. When the car's working good and the tires are hanging with you, you get phenomenal fuel mileage and it's funny how everything comes together like that. If you can have a well-balanced car and the tires stay with you, then you don't have to use the throttle to steer the car around the corner. You can just let it roll. I remember how my car was last year and I'll be looking to duplicate it again this year."