Kentucky: Firestone Racing preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS IZOD IndyCar Series - Kentucky Indy 300 Kentucky Speedway - Sparta, Kentucky September 3-4, 2010 - Round 15 of 17 Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied: * Each entry receives eight sets (32 total tires) for the...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS
IZOD IndyCar Series - Kentucky Indy 300
Kentucky Speedway - Sparta, Kentucky
September 3-4, 2010 - Round 15 of 17

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:
* Each entry receives eight sets (32 total tires) for the race weekend; total of 1,020 tires available.

* Firestone's tire specification for Kentucky was developed from testing at Chicagoland Speedway in June, and is the exact same spec used at the race there last week. It places new, "higher-grip" tread compounds for the right-side tires onto the same right-side tire constructions used this season at Kansas and Texas, and pairs that with the identical left-side tire construction/compound specs used at Kansas. The Firehawk tire specification for this weekend will be run again at Homestead-Miami.

* Tire stagger: A single stagger of about 0.45 of an inch is available. Stagger is the diameter difference between the right rear and left rear tires, with the right rear larger by design to make a racecar naturally want to turn left.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "It's been a frantic pace in the IZOD IndyCar Series lately, with the Kentucky Indy 300 being the third of three consecutive events without a break. And there certainly wasn't a moment of rest to be found during last week's return to superspeedway competition at Chicagoland! Drivers should be happy to know they will be racing on the exact same tire at Kentucky Speedway that they used with such confidence last weekend at Chicagoland. In fact, Dario Franchitti and his Target Chip Ganassi Racing team had enough confidence to not change tires on their last pit stop, which gave them enough of an advantage to hang on for a victory and take a big chunk out of Will Power's championship lead with just three races left in the season. No one knows exactly what surprises the Kentucky Indy 300 race has in store, but I can't wait to see it all play out on our Firestone Firehawk race tires."

Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: Following each IZOD IndyCar Series race in 2010, Firestone Racing nominates three drivers who best utilized their Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. Fans can go to www.indycar.com in the days after the race and vote for the nominee they believe made the most "Tire-ific" move of the race, with the top vote-getter earning the honor. The $10,000 prize from last weekend's event at Chicagoland Speedway goes to Justin Wilson, for or climbing from 23rd starting spot to finish seventh in the wild race. Justin will receive his check in pre-race ceremonies Saturday evening.

-source: firestone racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Dario Franchitti , Chip Ganassi , Will Power