IRL: Phoenix: Firestone preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS Race Distance: 200 miles or 321.9 kilometers (200 laps around the 1-mile oval). Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 768 Firehawk racing radials for use this weekend. All were produced at the ...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS

Race Distance: 200 miles or 321.9 kilometers (200 laps around the 1-mile oval).

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 768 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 seven sets of tires (28 total) this weekend, to be used at the team's discretion throughout practice, qualifying and race sessions. The tire specification for this weekend's race is the same specification used at PIR last season and features a soft left-side compound and medium right-side compound. The construction elements of this specification are specifically designed for short ovals, including the most significant stagger used in IRL competition (0.60 of an inch). Stagger is the intentional design of the right-rear tire to have a diameter slightly larger than that of the left-rear tire. This helps the cars turn left more naturally and smoothly, and is particularly important on short ovals where drivers are almost constantly turning.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "We're bringing the same tire this year that we've used here the past two seasons, so we're very confident this is the right tire for this unique venue. Having found the ideal spec for this track gives us a chance to give the teams a lot of consistency. From a tire standpoint, the teams know exactly where they stand and that gives them freedom to concentrate on other aspects of their set-up. That's always our goal -- to find a good, consistent tire that gives them the performance they need as well as the durability they expect, which allows the drivers to really push the limits and know that they can depend on the reliability of their tires."

Firestone Performance Award: During pre-race festivities on Sunday, Firestone Racing will present a $10,000 check to Dan Wheldon for leading lap 104 of the Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 6. 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 105 will earn the award.

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Drivers Dan Wheldon