Firestone, the official tire supplier to the Verizon IndyCar Series will bring approximately 5,000 Indianapolis 500 specific tires designed for this years 101st running of the Indianapolis presented by PennGrade Motor Oil this weekend.
The Firestone Firehawk F-Shield has a white left sidewall and a red right side wall. Firestone Tires have completed 10.718 laps of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. The 10,718 laps is the equivalent of 26,795 miles or 1.077 times around the globe.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon who will drive the No.9 Camping World Honda this weekend will start the race from pole position alongside Ed Carpenter for Ed Carpenter Racing and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda for Andretti Autosport.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, Chief Engineer with Bridgestone Americas Motorsports, Cara Adams commented by saying:
The Firestone Indy 500 tires are designed to meet the unique demands of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “With a design process lasting over a year, Firestone Engineers and Chemists, using information gained at the September 2016 Indianapolis tire test along with the positive feedback from last year’s race, selected specifications very similar to those used in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The tires have the same left and right side compounds with some updated rear construction features. We ran this specification in March, April, and May testing at the Speedway. Teams will receive a stager around 0.32 inches – the right rear tire being larger than the left rear tire helps the car rotate into the turns. Teams each receive a base amount of 36 sets of tires for May running, with rookie and refresher drivers receiving an extra few sets.