One of the biggest challenges for the Firestone engineers is selecting compounds and constructions for those early and late season contests where temperature can be so unpredictable. Fortunately the Firestone Racing team was right on the mark for...
One of the biggest challenges for the Firestone engineers is selecting compounds and constructions for those early and late season contests where temperature can be so unpredictable. Fortunately the Firestone Racing team was right on the mark for the best tire for this weekend's CART race at Nazareth. It provides the necessary grip for the warming 0.9-mile oval, and has the durability to give drivers the confidence they need on this tight track.
Quote from Joe Barbieri, Bridgestone/Firestone Motorsports Project Supervisor: "As temperatures climbed throughout the day, the Firehawks maintained their reputation for working well on hot tracks. The compound our engineers selected for this race is quite durable, and that is a definite asset as the track heats up. While the first day of practice is generally the toughest day for tires, none of the teams reported any difficulties or problems. That tells us most teams have a good handle on the set up for this track, so qualifying tomorrow should be very competitive. "We were saddened to hear about the death of Mauricio Gugelmin's son, Giuliano. The CART community is a tight-knit family, and when one of us is hurting, others are quick to offer support and prayer. Mauricio knows we share his loss, that we miss him at this event and that we are thinking about him and his family."
Quote from Bruno Junqueira, Target/Chip Ganassi Racing, Toyota/Lola/Firestone: "The tires are working fine; I did a long run and they held up well. I'm quite happy with their consistency from set to set; they're all the same." Note: Junqueira was fastest for the day with a speed of 166.248 mph set during the morning practice session.
<pre> Temperature Information:
Time: Ambient: Track: 9:40 a.m. 79 97 11:15 a.m. 87 112 1:30 p.m. 92 133 3:00 p.m. 94 130