Firestone Racing’s Director of Race Tire Production and Chief Engineer Cara Adams says that the company are looking forward to the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season which gets underway at Barber Motorsports Park on April 18 with the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.
Speaking to Paddock Eye on Thursday, Adams said that the NTT IndyCar Series sole tire supplier are busy relocating to their new purpose built production facility 100 metres down the road from their current Akron base that they have called home since 1900 with Adams says that everyone is excited to be moving into their state of the art facility.
Adams said that COVID-19 has been tough for everyone and that the company doesn’t expect to do any tire testing until after the season starts in April.
Adams went on to explain that Firestone have relied heavily on simulations due to the COVID 19 travel restrictions which has curtailed their testing plan. Firestone ran a prototype tire at Texas Motor Speedway in late 2019 and this tire will be used at the race this year which features slightly different parameters compared to last season.
Firestone have also confirmed that new NTT IndyCar Series drivers Jimmie Johnson of Chip Ganassi Racing, Romain Grosjean of Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing and Scott McLaughlin of Team Penske have adapted well to the new tires that they are racing with.
Speaking about the new race in August as IndyCar heads to the Music City Grand Prix in Nashville, Adams said that their production facility was shut for ten weeks and they have used simulations from the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg to aid in the development of the tire for Nashville.
Adams also said that the Firestone team based in Nashville are extremely excited to have a home race.