IZOD IndyCar finale in Fontana - Firestone Firehawk Fast Facts13/09/2012
FIRESTONE FIREHAWK FAST FACTS
IZOD IndyCar Series – MAV TV 500
Auto Club Speedway – Fontana, Calif.
September 14-15, 2012 – Round 15 of 15
Race Distance: 500 miles/804.672 kilometers (250 laps on the 2-mile/3.219-kilometer superspeedway oval).
Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:
· A proven Firestone specification with 1,772 total tires is available, with each entry receiving 15 sets (60 total tires) for the race weekend. The tire spec selected for Auto Club Speedway is identical to the spec used for the Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway in June.
· Tire stagger: A single stagger of approximately 0.45 of an inch is available for all teams. Stagger, created by molding the right rear tire with a larger diameter than the left rear, helps racecars turn left more easily on ovals. Though the tire diameter difference is minimal, stagger makes the cars naturally turn left and requires the driver to turn the steering wheel slightly right, or “counter-steer,” to keep the car in a straight line on the straightaways.
From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: “It’s been a tremendous season of IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights competition in 2012, and returning to Auto Club Speedway to decide the two championships is a great way to finish the year. Firestone Racing has enjoyed enormous success on this track; in fact, Firestone tires have won every Indy-car race contested here, dating to the 1990s when there was tire competition. So we feel very confident in our ability to bring the right tires to stand up to this most rigorous 500-mile test of driver and machine. We have selected the same Firehawk tire specification that was used earlier this season for the Firestone 550 at Texas, where we witnessed an incredibly exciting race. The mandated aerodynamic specifications on the cars for Auto Club Speedway will place a premium on tire management through a full stint, just as we saw in Texas, so those teams and drivers able to set up their cars to work best over the long run will probably be the ones we will see battling for the race win and the championship. It should be another exciting race weekend to cap off a thrilling season. Best of luck to everyone involved.”