IRL: Watkins Glen: Firestone preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix - Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International June 2-4, 2006 - Round 5 of 14 Race Distance: 202.2 miles/325.8 km (60 laps around the 3.37-mile permanent road ...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS

Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix - Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International June 2-4, 2006 - Round 5 of 14

Race Distance: 202.2 miles/325.8 km (60 laps around the 3.37-mile permanent road course).

Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: For the first permanent road-circuit race this season, Firestone delivered 724 dry-condition and 320 wet-condition Firehawk race tires for use. All were produced at the Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio.

* Dry-condition tires ("slicks"): Each car receives eight sets of slicks (32 total tires) for the race weekend, to use as its team determines in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Those cars that make the "Firestone Fast Six" final qualifying segment receive one additional set for that session only. Firestone Racing engineers are bringing an updated version of their most durable road-course compound/construction tires to the Glen. While new in formula, the tire performance aspects should remain quite similar to those used at Watkins Glen in 2005.

* Wet-condition tires ("rains"): Firestone supplies each car up to four sets of grooved-tread rain tires (16 total tires) per race weekend on road and street courses, as needed. Teams can bring two additional sets of the same-spec rain tire that may have been distributed at an earlier event. The higher-grip ("softer") street-course rain tire specification was selected for this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "After all the excitement and hoopla of the Indianapolis 500, the IndyCar Series gets right back into it at a dramatically different track in Watkins Glen. The drivers, teams and cars go from the great superspeedway at Indy to the demanding twists and turns of a permanent road course. No matter the circuit, however, Firestone is prepared and ready to go. Our race tire development group has designed a new tire specification that should still provide the necessary grip to negotiate those twists and turns, while still offering the great durability and consistency throughout the stints for which Firestone is famous. We expect another thrilling weekend of racing at the Glen and are excited to be a part of it."

Firestone Performance Award: During the 2006 season, Firestone Racing continues presenting this award in conjunction with each IndyCar Series event. The $10,000 award commemorates Firestone's status as the only tire manufacturer to have participated in every IRL race, and is traditionally given to the driver who, in each IndyCar Series event, leads the lap number corresponding to the total number of races run in series history. The Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix is the 125th IndyCar Series race, but since it is only 60 laps long, the Firestone Performance Award will go to the driver who leads lap number 38, when the 125th race mile is completed.

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