Firestone Racing Prepared For Iowa

By Firestone Racing

Firestone Firehawk Fast Facts
IZOD IndyCar Series - Iowa Corn Indy 250
Iowa Speedway - Newton, Iowa
June 24-25, 2011 - Round 8 of 17

Race Distance: 218.75 miles/352.044 kilometers (250 laps around the 0.875-mile/1.408-km short oval).

Firestone Firehawk
Firestone Firehawk

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:

- Each entry receives eight sets (32 total tires) for the race weekend; a total of 988 tires is available.

- Firestone has developed a new tire combination for Iowa this year. It consists of the same right-side tire specifications used three weeks ago at Texas along with new left-side tire specifications that possess a more durable compound than the 2010 Iowa left-side tires to improve wear.

- 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.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "We come to the last of four straight oval events this weekend at a track where the fans have certainly embraced IZOD IndyCar Series racing. While it's been all left turns recently, these tracks are worlds apart in terms of demands placed on the race tires. It began with the great Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which generates the fastest speeds but on a track with little banking. Then it was the high banks of Texas, where the constant 200-mph speeds and loading call for the sturdiest of Firestone Firehawks. Last weekend was Milwaukee's mile, with slower speeds and low banking that require as much grip as possible while still withstanding the rigors of a short oval. Iowa Speedway is more of a hybrid - a short oval in length like Milwaukee, but with constant higher speeds, turning and loading, more like Indy or Texas in performance. That's why the Firestone Racing engineers and chemists have again created a tire construction/compound formula for Iowa that's unique to any other circuit. The Iowa specification uses the same right-side tires as we provided at Texas to absorb the punishment of the speeds and loads. The left-side tires are 'softer' than the right sides to deliver as much grip as possible, but the 2011 left sides are a little 'harder' than the 2010 Iowa left-side tires to assist in increased wear through the stint. Similar tire specs have worked well here in the past and we expect this year's Firehawks to do the same."

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 $10,000 prize from the Milwaukee 225 on June 19 goes to Will Power for his careful drive from 17th on the starting grid to finish fourth. Power will be presented the check in pre-race ceremonies Saturday night.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Eric Gilbert , Will Power
Tags firehawk, firestone tires, izod