IRL: Fontana: Firestone preview

Race Distance: 400 miles (200 laps around the 2-mile D-shaped oval). Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 888 Firehawk racing radials for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical Center in Tokyo, Japan. Per...

Race Distance: 400 miles (200 laps around the 2-mile D-shaped oval).

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 888 Firehawk racing radials for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical Center in Tokyo, Japan. Per IndyCar Series regulations, each entered car receives up to nine sets of tires (36 total) to be used at the team's discretion throughout the practice, qualifying and race sessions. The tire specification that Firestone engineers have chosen for this weekend's competition is one specifically designed to perform well under the unique demands of a superspeedway, such as consistently high rates of speed and high g-force loads in the corners. The same tire was used for the IRL's "Test in the West" at California Speedway in February, and also in July at the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

Stagger Helps the Cars Go 'Round: Firestone engineers purposely design the right rear tire to have a diameter slightly larger than that of the left rear tire for oval competition. The size differential is minor - just 0.39 of an inch this weekend - but the effect, called "stagger," helps the IndyCars turn left more naturally and smoothly - and decreases the stresses on car and driver alike.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "For the second race in a row we're going into a venue that has seen some of the league's fastest and most exciting racing action over the last two years. Last year at Fontana, fans saw an incredible race that featured, quite literally, wheel-to-wheel action when, in the final stages of the race, Sam Hornish Jr. and Jaques Lazier had a close encounter at 220 mph, touching tires and completely rubbing the lettering off the sidewalls. That incident showcased not only the drivers' impressive ability to maintain control in intense driving conditions, but also the durability and reliability of the tires they rely on week-to-week. Our engineers continue to work diligently to produce tires that stand up to precisely that kind of punishment, allowing the drivers to battle it out on the track with confidence that their tires will get them across the finish line. We're looking forward to the same kind of breathtaking action this weekend!"

The Official Tire of the IRL: Firestone is the exclusive tire supplier to the Indy Racing League for both the IndyCar and Infiniti Pro series. The IPS resumes this weekend as well with the 11th race of its 12-race season Saturday at California Speedway, as competitors in the IRL driver development series chase the Firehawk Cup presented to the points champion.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jaques Lazier  , Sam Hornish Jr.