IRL: Milwaukee: Firestone preview

Race Distance: 225 miles/362.102 kilometers (225 laps around the one-mile oval). Television Broadcast: Live - Sunday, July 23 at 1:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN. Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 700 dry-condition Firehawk race tires...

Race Distance: 225 miles/362.102 kilometers (225 laps around the one-mile oval).

Television Broadcast: Live - Sunday, July 23 at 1:30 p.m. EDT on ESPN.

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:

Firestone delivered 700 dry-condition Firehawk race tires 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 designed and developed all-new tires for the flat Milwaukee oval this year. The new specification features compound and construction changes to all four tire positions, but it is expected to provide similar performance characteristics to last year's specification.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Firestone's commitment to the Indy Racing League is in evidence yet again this weekend. Even though we remain the sole tire supplier to the series and could stand pat, we continue developing race tires and striving to make them even better for drivers and teams. With that in mind, Firestone is bringing a new tire specification to Milwaukee, designed with this track specifically in mind. Tire development is always a balancing act between providing desired grip and maintaining durability to last an entire race stint. Last year's Firehawk tire for 'The Mile' delivered well on both counts and we expect this new version Firehawk to perform right along those lines this weekend and contribute to another exciting IndyCar Series event."

Firestone Performance Award: During the 2006 season, Firestone Racing continues presenting this award in conjunction with each IndyCar Series event. 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 IndyCar Series event, leads the lap number corresponding to the cumulative number of races run in series history. The ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Indy 225 is the 130th IndyCar Series race, so the award will go to the driver who leads lap 130.

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Drivers A.J. Foyt