St. Pete: Firestone Racing preview

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Albert Whitted Airport/Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. March 26-28, 2010 - Round 2 of 17 Race Distance: 180 mi./289.7 km (100 laps on the ...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS
IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Albert Whitted Airport/Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.
March 26-28, 2010 - Round 2 of 17

Race Distance: 180 mi./289.7 km (100 laps on the 1.8-mi./2.897-km temporary street course).

Television/Radio Broadcast: Live - Sunday, March 28, at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC, IMS Radio Network, XM Radio 145 and SIRIUS Radio 211.

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:
* Primary (black-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 702, each entry gets six sets (24 total tires);

* Alternate (red-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 342, each entry gets three sets (12 total tires);

* Wet-condition (rain) tires with grooved tread pattern: 336, each entry has five sets available. Firestone is utilizing its softer, street-course rain tire at all road/street events in 2010.

Per series regulations, all cars must use at least one primary set of tires and one new alternate set during the race, each for a minimum of two green-flag laps, unless rain tires are used - then teams are free to use their tire allotment as they see fit. Firestone Racing is bringing proven street-course tire specifications to St. Petersburg. The primary (black-sidewall) tires are the same as the primary spec used two weeks ago in Brazil. This primary spec is the most durable in Firestone's current street-course tire inventory. The alternate (red-sidewall) tires are identical to the 2009 alternates from Long Beach and Toronto, and constitute Firestone's softest current street-course spec. The Firehawk alternates are identical in body construction to the primaries but contain a softer tread compound which provides more grip and faster lap times, yet trades off compound durability in exchange for those shorter-term advantages.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "The 2010 season got off to a rousing start in Brazil and we are expecting another fine event this weekend. The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is among our favorite races, in part because of the great exposure the Firestone brand receives as Official Tire of the event and the excellent relationship we have built with the Green Savoree Racing Promotions group. Reliable tires with the right amount of grip are pivotal on a challenging street circuit like we'll see this weekend. The Firehawk specifications for St. Pete have already proven their worth in race conditions from Canada to Brazil, so we're confident that they will once again answer that call."

Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: Following each IndyCar Series race again in 2010, Firestone Racing will nominate three drivers who best utilized their Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. Fans can go to www.indycar.com and vote for the nominee they believe made the most "Tire-ific" move of the race. The $10,000 prize winner from Brazil - nominees are Ryan Hunter-Reay, Vitor Meira and Will Power - will be announced in pre-race activities Sunday.

-source: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay , Vitor Meira