IRL: Chicagoland: Firestone preview

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 700 dry-condition Firehawk race tires ("slicks") for use. All were produced at the Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. Per IRL rules, Firestone brings a single specification to oval events,...

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 700 dry-condition Firehawk race tires ("slicks") for use. All were produced at the Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. Per IRL rules, Firestone brings a single specification to oval events, assuring all competitors the same quality race tire. Each car receives eight sets of slicks (32 total tires) for the race weekend, to use as its team determines in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Firestone Racing engineers have opted to return to Chicagoland with a well-proven tire specification. The Firehawk racing radials slated for use this weekend are the same spec that raced here last year and at Homestead, Texas, Kansas and Kentucky earlier this season.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Needless to say, this will be a thrilling weekend for the IndyCar Series, its drivers, and its fans. Chicagoland is always an exciting race, but add in an extremely tight championship battle and you have the ingredients for a truly spectacular and memorable event. From a tire perspective, we have great confidence in the Firehawks we selected for this track since they have demonstrated time and time again that they can handle the demands of these 1.5-mile ovals. Drivers and teams will definitely have a lot on their minds this weekend, but I don't believe that tires will be among their concerns. Depending on how events unfold, and if history is any indication, exceptional tire performance could once again allow varying pit strategies with cars going more than one fuel stint on a set. We are proud to offer a product that delivers championship contenders the confidence to focus on the matter at hand."

Firestone Performance Award: During the 2006 season, Firestone Racing continues to present the Firestone Performance Award at each IndyCar Series race. The $10,000 prize commemorates Firestone's status as the only tire manufacturer to have participated in every IRL race, and it is traditionally given to the driver who, in each IndyCar Series event, leads the lap number corresponding to the cumulative number of races in series history. The Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 is the 134th IndyCar Series race, so the Firestone Performance Award will go to the driver who leads lap number 134 of 200.

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