FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS Indy Racing Northern Light Series finiti Grand Prix ofMiami, InHomestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla. Race distance:200 laps, 300.4 miles. Firestone tires suppliedthis weekend: approx.850 (based on 8 sets...
FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS
Indy Racing Northern Light Series finiti Grand Prix ofMiami, InHomestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla.
Race distance:200 laps, 300.4 miles.
Firestone tires suppliedthis weekend: approx.850 (based on 8 sets per car, for 26 cars). Stagger sizes available: 1 (approx. 0.52 inches). Firestone winners at Homestead: This is the first Indy Racing League event at the speedway. Been here, won that: While Firestone cannot lay claim to an IRNLS victory at Homestead just yet, the tire maker has plenty of race experience on the oval. Firestone competed the past five years at the speedway in Championship Auto Racing Teams competition, equipping race winners in Jimmy Vasser (1996), Greg Moore (1999) and Max Papis(2000).
Al Speyer, Bridgestone/Firestone Motorsports Director, on the tire selection for Homestead: "The tire choice for this weekend provides a perfect example of the excellent working relationship that exists between the Firestone Racing engineers and the IRL teams we supply. When testing for the proper tire compound and construction combination to maximize performance for the IRL cars at Homestead, we began with the same specification we used successfully in the2000 CART race here. Responding to team requests for more grip in the corners, we tried the tire spec we ran last year at the IRL Pikes Peak race. The teams felt it was a significant improvement. The basic difference in the two specs is that the Pikes Peak tire offers a slightly less stiff construction than the CART Homestead version. The improved grip is important at Homestead, which is known for its tricky corners and changing wind patterns. We also plan on running this tire spec at Pikes Peak, Nashville and Gateway this season."
FIRESTONE PREDICTS: Homestead-Miami Speedway is known as a track that rewards drivers and teams who can adapt to its changing conditions throughout the race. The race winner could well be someone who doesn't necessarily qualify up front but whose team can master the oval throughout its changes on race day. Don't be surprised if the winner's starting position is 15th or worse.