Firestone Racing Ready For Toronto

Exhibition Place

Firestone Firehawk Fast Facts
IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Indy Toronto
Streets of Exhibition Place - Toronto, Ontario, Canada \July 8-10, 2011 - Round 9 of 17

Race Distance: 148.75 miles/239.389 kilometers (85 laps around the 1.75-mile/2.816-km 11-turn temporary street circuit).

Firestone tires
Firestone tires

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:

- Primary (black-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 804, each entry gets six sets (24 total tires);

- Alternate (red-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 366, each entry gets three sets (12 total tires);

- Wet-condition (rain) tires with grooved tread pattern: 468, each entry has five sets of the street-course rain tire available this weekend.

The alternate tire program, part of the IZOD IndyCar Series since 2009, calls for a second tire specification at a road- or street-course race weekend using the same construction as the primary specification, but with a softer tread compound to provide more grip and faster lap times while trading off compound durability in exchange for those shorter-term advantages. Firestone's alternate tires are easily identified by their bright red sidewalls.

The primary tires are new for this year, and will also be used at Baltimore. The alternate is the same alternate tire used previously this season on the streets of Long Beach. We will have a new rain tire compound starting at Toronto, and it is planned to be used at the remainder of the 2011 road and street course events, with the exception of Motegi road course.

Per series regulations, all cars must use at least one set of primary tires and one new alternate set during the race, each for a minimum of two green-flag laps. Otherwise, teams are free to use their tire allotment as they see fit, though a new rule for 2011 limits cars to one set of tires (team choice of primary or alternate) for each qualifying segment.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "The streets of Toronto always seem to produce some very exciting racing, and Firestone is ready to tackle the challenge of this popular street course's tight corners with a new primary specification Firestone Firehawk race tire, paired with an alternate spec that has seen use previously this season at Long Beach. Fans and drivers alike enjoy the festive atmosphere of the Honda Indy Toronto, and it will serve as a great kick-off to this stretch of road and street course events after several highly competitive oval races."

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 Iowa Corn Indy 250 on June 25 goes to Marco Andretti for his pass for the lead on lap 232 that led to his race win. Marco will be presented the check in pre-race ceremonies Sunday afternoon.

By: firestone racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Marco Andretti , Eric Gilbert
Tags exhibition place, firestone, indycar, izod, tires, toronto