Ward collects Boomtown 500 win; Firestone tire telemetry info debuts on national TV. As television viewers watched Chip Ganassi Racing driver Jeff Ward win in tonight's Boomtown 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, they also saw the debut of Firestone...
Ward collects Boomtown 500 win; Firestone tire telemetry info debuts on national TV.
As television viewers watched Chip Ganassi Racing driver Jeff Ward win in tonight's Boomtown 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, they also saw the debut of Firestone tire telemetry on the ESPN television broadcast. Indy Racing League staff and Firestone Racing worked cooperatively on the new system, which showed tire pressures on the cars of Al Unser Jr. and Scott Sharp. Firestone Racing executive director Al Speyer said the new system "demonstrates the critical importance of tire inflation pressure out on the track and how that affects tire temperatures and racecar handling."
According to Ward, Firestone played a major role in his win (the closest in IRL history), as he saved time on his last pit stop by coming in for fuel only. Grinning in victory circle, he said "I knew we could save several seconds by just taking on fuel, so I told the guys we can make it; we gotta go. So we did that, and then were able to lead the one lap that mattered most - the last one."
When Ward rolled into victory circle, he had accumulated a total of 70 laps around the 1.5-mile oval on his last set of Firestone Firehawks.
Quote from Al Speyer, Firestone Racing Executive Director: "Once again we saw the durability of the Firehawks contribute to a race win as a driver took on fuel only, trusting his Firehawks to go the distance. We thank Jeff and the Chip Ganassi Racing team for having the confidence in Firestone to come in for a splash of fuel and win. This was an awesome race from start to finish, with lots of close competition, and we're proud our tires contributed to another great event here at TMS. Before the race, Eddie Cheever talked to a large group of Firestone guests and told them the last thing he thinks about is his tires - because he has total confidence in how the Firehawks work. We are also very pleased with the way the Firestone tire telemetry package worked on tonight's television broadcast. We think it adds another piece of good information for the fans at home, allowing them to understand more about how these amazing machines work."