Firestone Racing are bringing more than 1,100 sets of tires to Texas this weekend as the Verizon IndyCar Series moves on to Texas Motor Speedway for the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 following last week’s double header in Detroit.
The Texas Motor Speedway has been repaved since last season with Turns 1 and 2 reprofiled and speaking ahead of the weekend, Chief Engineer with Bridgestone Americas and Firestone Racing, Cara Adams commented by saying:
“In April, IndyCar held an Open Test and Firestone Racing held a tire test at the newly reprofiled and resurfaced Texas Motor Speedway. “The banking angle was lowered by 4 degrees in turns 1 and 2, and the track was brought in 20 feet towards the infield. With the update in racing surface, and based on the results from the tire test, we are bringing a new set of specifications to Texas. The right sides are similar to 2016 Texas rights, but are equipped with lighter tread gauge to deal with the extra heat that comes from a new racing surface. We have also used a softer left side construction with a new tread compound, similar to the tires used at Indianapolis with a lower stagger to help the right front tire work harder.”