IRL: Texas: Firestone preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Bombardier Learjet 500k at Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas June 9-11, 2005 -- Round 6 of 17 Race Distance: 300 miles or 482.80 kilometers (200 laps around the 1.5-mile...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS

Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Bombardier Learjet 500k at Texas Motor Speedway -- Fort Worth, Texas June 9-11, 2005 -- Round 6 of 17

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

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: Firestone delivered 828 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 slightly different than the specification used at Texas Motor Speedway last season, combining the construction used for the fall race at TMS in 2004 and the tread compound used earlier this season at Homestead-Miami Speedway. This spec was successfully tested at TMS in March.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "This is such a competitive racetrack -- it's a fast, tough, high-banked oval with a ton of side-by-side racing. This is one venue where the drivers really have to trust their Firestone tires, especially to pull off some of the moves we've seen here over the past few years. We have a ton of experience building tires for this track and the drivers know that -- we expect them to have great confidence and control, which will hopefully translate into a another nail-biting race for the fans here."

Firestone Performance Award: During pre-race festivities Saturday night, Firestone Racing will present a $20,000 check to Sam Hornish Jr. of Marlboro Team Penske for winning the Firestone Performance Award by leading lap 108 at the Indianapolis 500. 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 race, leads the lap number corresponding to the total number of races run to that point. This weekend, the leader of lap 109 will earn the $10,000 Firestone Performance Award.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske