IRL: Kentucky: Firestone preview

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 720 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 720 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 Kentucky with a well-proven tire specification. The Firehawk racing radials slated for use this weekend are the same spec that raced at Homestead, Texas and Kansas earlier this season.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Based on the results of some team testing at Kentucky Speedway, we actually decided to change from our original tire choice for this event in an attempt to get better tire wear. Firestone Racing is excited to return to this track with a tried and proven tire specification. We have seen some great racing on the 1.5-mile ovals this season, and I have no doubt that this weekend will feature the same intense action that the fans love."

Firestone Performance Award: Firestone Racing continues presenting this award in conjunction with each IndyCar Series event in 2006. The $10,000 bonus commemorates Firestone's status as the only tire manufacturer to have participated in every IRL race, and is traditionally given to the driver who, at each event, leads the lap number corresponding to the cumulative number of races in series history. The Meijer Indy 300 is the 132nd IndyCar Series race, so the award will go to the driver who leads lap 132.

-credit: firestone

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