IRL: Motegi: Firestone preview

Firestone Firehawk Fast Facts Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan April 15-17, 2004 -- Round 3 of 16 Race Distance: 300 miles or 482.80 kilometers (200 laps around the 1.5-mile oval). Firehawk...

Firestone Firehawk Fast Facts

Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan
April 15-17, 2004 -- Round 3 of 16

Race Distance: 300 miles or 482.80 kilometers (200 laps around the 1.5-mile oval).

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 764 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 is a proven specification which was used last season at the Indianapolis 500. The left-side compound and construction for both sides is the same as that used last year at Motegi, but the right-side tire features a slightly different compound designed to deliver more grip. The tires for this race will have a stagger of approximately 0.45 of an inch.

Firestone in the Indy Racing League: This weekend's race will mark the 90th event since the IRL IndyCar Series' debut in 1996 -- and Firestone has been there for every race. With Tony Kanaan's win at Phoenix International Raceway last month, Firestone now has 72 IndyCar victories -- more than 80 percent of all wins since the league's inception. Seven of the nine IRL championships to date have been won or shared by Firestone-equipped drivers. Again this season, Firestone will commemorate its status as the only tire manufacturer to have participated in every IndyCar Series race with the Firestone Performance Award, given to the driver leading the race lap that corresponds with the number of IRL races run to that point. This weekend's winner will be the leader of lap 90 and will be presented with a $10,000 check from Firestone Racing.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Like everyone else associated with the IRL, we look forward to this race -- it really is a different experience than any other event that we do. It's particularly exciting for all of us in the Bridgestone/Firestone family, since our corporate headquarters are located in Japan. This is really a home race for us and we'll have many teammates from Bridgestone Japan in attendance to enjoy the festivities -- this is the only chance they get to see the IRL in action and it's very exciting for us to showcase our Firestone Racing program in front of the home crowd."

Tire Terminology: Tire buster --Firestone team members responsible for mounting, balancing and dismounting tires. They are also responsible for tracking the whereabouts of each tire using a barcode system that accounts for every tire that is leased to every team.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan