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FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS IndyCar Series - Nikon Indy 300 Streets of Surfers Paradise - Queensland, Australia October 24-26, 2008 Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: - 1,116 dry-condition slicks; each car receives 10 sets (40 tires)...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS
IndyCar Series - Nikon Indy 300
Streets of Surfers Paradise - Queensland, Australia
October 24-26, 2008

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:

- 1,116 dry-condition slicks; each car receives 10 sets (40 tires) for the race weekend. Firestone Fast Six qualifiers receive one additional set of slicks for that session only.

- 348 wet-condition grooved tires; each car can use five sets (20 tires) of rain tires.

Firestone Racing engineers have elected to bring their more durable street-course tire specification to tackle this demanding, high-speed temporary track. This tire spec was used earlier this season at Detroit and Long Beach. The tread-patterned rain tires selected are the softer "street-course rains," which were employed at Mid-Ohio in July, when that event started under rainy conditions.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Surfers Paradise has always been a great racing venue, with a festive atmosphere that ranks among the world's top motorsports events. So I can't think of a more fitting place to wrap up this historic IndyCar Series season and celebrate the successful unification of American open-wheel racing than on the streets of the Gold Coast. Recognizing the uniqueness of this event, Firestone Racing will be offering Gold Coast Bonus awards - another clear example of our support of the IndyCar Series and its teams. Firestone Racing engineers have been providing tires to conquer this tough track since 1995, and we are confident that our durable street course tire will once again be up to the challenge. Whether this is a team or driver's first trip to Australia, their first trip in several years, or an annual rite of passage, I am certain the Nikon Indy 300 will be an event enjoyed by all. And that includes the hundreds of thousands of spectators who will pass through the gates to enjoy the most competitive on-track activity they will have witnessed in a long time."

-credit: firestone

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