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Firestone Focuses on Two Different But Vital Races in Finale Special Tire Sidewall Markings for Firestone Indy 300 to Identify Championship Contenders, Honor Fisher's 'On Track for a Cause' Entry NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 7, 2009) - The...

Firestone Focuses on Two Different But Vital Races in Finale
Special Tire Sidewall Markings for Firestone Indy 300 to Identify
Championship Contenders, Honor Fisher's 'On Track for a Cause' Entry

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 7, 2009) - The Firestone brand has been involved in numerous racing disciplines in its 100 years of competition. The brand will help spotlight two very different races at the Firestone Indy 300, the climactic event to the 2009 IndyCar Series season Oct. 9-10 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in South Florida.

Special silvery white tire sidewall "Championship Rings" will adorn the cars of Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti and Ryan Briscoe, making it easier for fans to identify the remaining championship contenders. In addition, Firestone Racing has developed pink sidewall markings for the tires used by Sarah Fisher, who is running an all-pink racecar at Homestead, dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer.

This is the second consecutive year that Firestone Racing is providing the specially marked sidewalls for the title-contending teams. Much like the Firehawk red-sidewall alternate tires introduced this season at IndyCar Series road- and street-course events, the Championship Rings feature a bright sidewall coloring easily noticeable from the track grandstands and visible on television. The pink sidewalls for Fisher's entry utilize the same process and are a show of support by Firestone Racing for the worthy cause that will benefit, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure(r).

"We're very excited to bring back the Championship Rings as special visual indicators of the drivers vying for the title," said Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing. "We think they'll be helpful to fans once again as Scott, Dario and Ryan battle for top honors at Homestead. Sarah's efforts to aid the 'Komen for the Cure' are highly commendable, and we couldn't be happier about showing Firestone's support with the pink sidewalls . There's no better event we know of to bring these important races together than the Firestone Indy 300."

Fisher, driver/owner of the Sarah Fisher Racing #67 car, is appreciative of Firestone's efforts to support her cause.

"I'm honored Firestone has joined Sarah Fisher Racing in supporting National Breast Cancer Awareness Month," Fisher said. "To have partners that understand the value of working together for the better of a cause is important for the IndyCar Series. Firestone has always been a valuable partner of our team and I greatly appreciate their support with our pink sidewall tires for the race this weekend."

While the tires for Fisher and the championship contenders may look different than those of the other competitors at Homestead, all will feature an identical compound/construction formula - thereby assuring every driver the same reliable footing provided by the Firestone Firehawk racing radials. The tire specification was developed based on race data obtained at other high-banked 1.5-mile ovals this season and a June tire test at Chicagoland Speedway. The Firestone Indy 300 will be the first time that this precise spec will see race weekend use.

"Once again, the championship comes down to the final event, and in all likelihood it could again come down to the last turn of the last lap," said Speyer. "It's one of the many things that make the IndyCar Series so exciting. We know that all the drivers will be pushing themselves and their equipment to the limits, confident in the fact that their Firestone tires will take them where they want to go. We have the same confidence that this new Firehawk tire spec will deliver the great grip and consistency for which they've become famous, and lead to another memorable conclusion to the season."

IndyCar Series - Firestone Indy 300
Homestead-Miami Speedway - Homestead, Florida
October 9-10, 2009 - Round 17 of 17

Race Distance: 297 miles/477.975 km (200 laps on the 1.485-mile/2.39-km superspeedway).

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:

* Eight sets (32 tires) per car for the weekend; 892 dry-condition slicks supplied in total.

* This Firehawk tire specification sees its first race action this weekend. It features the same right-side tires run at Kansas and Texas, paired with the same left-side tires used at Kentucky. As usual with the high-banked 1.5-mile ovals, this tire was designed to withstand high temperatures and speeds while providing consistent grip.

* Tire stagger for Homestead will be approximately 0.45 of an inch. Stagger, which helps cars turn more smoothly on ovals, is created by producing the right rear tire with a slightly larger diameter than the left rear tire.

Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: This $10,000 prize is awarded after each IndyCar Series race to the driver who best utilizes his or her Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. It could be relying on the Firehawks' great grip to execute a daring pass, or having the confidence in the tires' durability to run an extra stint on a set to improve position. After each race, Firestone Racing officials submit three "Tire-ific" candidates to, where fans cast their votes during the ensuing week to determine the winner. The winner from the Sept. 19 race at Motegi, Japan (nominees are Scott Dixon, Mario Moraes and Oriol Servia) will be named in Homestead pre-race ceremonies Saturday.

-credit: firestone motorsports

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Oriol Servia , Ryan Briscoe