IRL: Motegi: Firestone preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 796 Firehawk racing radials for use this weekend. All were produced at the Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. At the direction of Indy Racing...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 796 Firehawk racing radials for use this weekend. All were produced at the Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. At the direction of Indy Racing League officials, each entered car will receive eight sets of tires (32 total) this weekend, to be used at the team's discretion throughout practice, qualifying and race sessions. The tire selected for this weekend's race features the same construction as the tire used last season at Motegi, with a slightly harder right-side compound and a slightly softer left-side compound. This new compound should yield better right-side wear than in previous seasons, with the same level of grip.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "This race is a 'home away from home' event for the Bridgestone Firestone family. With our corporate headquarters located nearby in Tokyo, it's natural for us to be so deeply involved with this event and we're proud to return this season as title sponsor. We will have many of our Bridgestone teammates in attendance throughout the weekend -- including our Chairman and CEO, Shigeo Watanabe -- to support this great event and welcome the IRL again to Japan. On the tire side, we're bringing a new and improved version of the tire that we used here last season and, while we didn't experience any problems last year, we expect even better performance this weekend."

Firestone Performance Award: During pre-race festivities on Sunday, Firestone Racing will present a $10,000 check to Bryan Herta of Andretti Green Racing for winning the Firestone Performance Award at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. This award commemorates Firestone's status as the only tire manufacturer to have participated in every IRL event and is given to the driver who, in each IndyCar Series event, leads the lap number corresponding to the total number of IndyCar races run to that point. This weekend, the leader of lap 107 will earn the award.

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