Firestone Racing Set For Twin Texas Races

Texas Motor Speedway

IZOD IndyCar Series - Firestone Twin 275s
Texas Motor Speedway - Fort Worth, Texas
June 10-11, 2011 - Round 6 of 17

Race Distances: Two races, each is 171 miles/275.198 kilometers (114 laps around the 1.5-mile/2.414-km superspeedway).

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:
* Each entry receives nine sets (36 total tires) for the race weekend; total of 1,248 tires available.

* Firestone selected a proven tire specification for Texas. It is the same formula used last year at Kentucky, Chicagoland and Homestead. It is also scheduled to be run in 2011 at Kentucky and Las Vegas.

* Tire stagger: A single stagger of about 0.45 of an inch is available. Stagger is measured by the diameter difference between the right rear and left rear tires, with the right rear larger by design to make a racecar naturally want to turn left.

Firestone employees
Firestone employees

Photo by: Philippe Champoux

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "We're coming off a historic event in the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 that truly lived up to its billing with thrills and drama. Now we're ready to make a little more history with the Firestone Twin 275s, the first two-race event since the IZOD IndyCar Series debuted 15 years ago. As title sponsor, we at Firestone are very excited to see how it all unfolds. We're also looking forward to the unique plan that Eddie Gossage and his Texas Motor Speedway staff have for determining the starting order for the second race. The IndyCar races at Texas are traditionally some of the most breathtaking each season, and now we're going to get double the intense, nail-biting, tire-to-tire racing action to the checkered flags. The drivers will be making those bold maneuvers on a race-proven Firestone Firehawk tire specification that was widely praised in the three 1.5-mile oval events where it competed last season. Having that familiar 'friend' carrying them around TMS at better than 200 miles an hour this weekend should give the drivers that added boost of confidence to make both of the Firestone Twin 275s exciting and memorable from start to finish."

Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: Following each IZOD IndyCar Series race in 2011, Firestone Racing nominates three drivers who best utilized their Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. Fans can go to in the days after the race and vote for the nominee they believe made the most "Tire-ific" move of the race, with the top vote-getter earning the honor. The $20,000 prize from the Indianapolis 500 - double the amount awarded at other races - goes to Graham Rahal for advancing the most spots from 29th starting position to finish third. Rahal will be presented the check in pre-race ceremonies Saturday night. Since there are two races in the Firestone Twin 275s, there will be separate on-line votes for each race next week, with each winner earning $5,000.

-source: firestone racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal
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