Iowa: Firestone preview

Firestone Racing engineers selected a tire specification for Iowa Speedway based on results gathered at a test there in early May. These tires use the same compounds on both the right and left sides as last year, with minor construction changes...

Firestone Racing engineers selected a tire specification for Iowa Speedway based on results gathered at a test there in early May. These tires use the same compounds on both the right and left sides as last year, with minor construction changes to all four tires compared to 2007. This small change should result in slightly more grip from all four positions. The left side tires will be used at Nashville Superspeedway later this season, while the right side tires have already been utilized at Homestead, Kansas and Texas.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Iowa's unique design and its relative newness on the IndyCar Series schedule make it one of our toughest challenges from a tire perspective. Its constant high speeds require a high durability tire that would usually be more associated with a superspeedway than a short oval. Because we don't have data from years of racing at this track to draw from, we have tested here multiple times, most recently in early May. Those results led our engineers to bring an all-new tire spec for this event. This new tire combination should lead to more exciting on-track action for the fans that pack the stands at Iowa Speedway. They seem to be some of the most enthusiastic crowds of all the tracks we visit on the schedule, and we're looking forward to a terrific race."

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 submits the top three "Tire-ific" candidates to www.indycar.com, where fans cast their votes during the ensuing week to determine the winner. The "Tire-ific" recipient from the June 7 race at Texas (nominees are Ryan Briscoe, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti) will be named in pre-race ceremonies Sunday.

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: 1,220 dry-condition slicks; each car receives 10 sets (40 tires) for the race weekend (three sets for Friday's open test and seven sets for Saturday and Sunday).

-credit: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay , Marco Andretti