FIRESTONE FIREHAWK QUALIFYING REPORT IZOD IndyCar Series - Indianapolis 500-Mile Race Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Ind. Sunday, May 23, 2010 - Round 6 of 17 Firestone Qualifying Highlight: The field is set following two nail-biting...
FIRESTONE FIREHAWK QUALIFYING REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - Indianapolis 500-Mile Race
Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Speedway, Ind.
Sunday, May 23, 2010 - Round 6 of 17
Firestone Qualifying Highlight: The field is set following two nail-biting days of qualifying. Eighty-plus qualifying attempts were made over the weekend and the Firestone tire specification, brand new for the 2010 race, has performed spectacularly to this point. In addition to helping the pole speed increase more than 3 mph from last year, and the initial wear rate on the tires for the month is very encouraging.
The Firestone Firehawk tire specification for Indianapolis is all new following tire testing at the speedway in October 2009. The 2010 Firehawk spec features updated compound formulas for all four tire positions and a slight change to the construction of the left rear tire in a continuing effort to reduce understeer.
From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "We should never be surprised by the quick change of events that can take place at Indianapolis, but this has been another amazing weekend. On Saturday we witnessed a new and thrilling qualifying format that encouraged teams to make multiple attempts to grab the coveted pole position. It was fun to watch the Penske and Ganassi drivers have at it. And today's bump day drama was incredible. We never get used to the extreme emotional highs and lows that are encompassed into a matter of minutes. We're delighted that Tony Kanaan was able to get in the fi eld, and we certainly feel for Paul Tracy and Jay Howard. But this is what Indianapolis is all about. We also know that through all this drama, there was one thing the teams and drivers didn't need to give a second thought to as they prepared. The new Firestone Firehawk tire spec for Indy has performed very, very well - both in providing the grip needed for the nail-biting qualifying runs and the durability and consistency for long, full-fuel stints. Now, two of the three competitions at Indy are complete - the competition for the pole and the challenge just to make the show. It's time to look ahead for the race that matters most, to see who will be the next Indianapolis 500 champion on Firestone tires."
Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: Following each IZOD IndyCar Series race again in 2010, Firestone Racing will nominate three drivers who best utilized their Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. Fans can go to www.indycar.com in the days after the race and vote for the nominee they believe made the most "Tire-ific" move. The $10,000 prize from Kansas - going to Ryan Hunter-Reay for advancing from 22nd starting position to finish fifth - will be awarded during Carburetion Day festivities on May 28.