Firestone conducted a tyre test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday in preparation for the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
The tyre supplier brought two experimental ride side compounds along with a couple of constructions. Dale Harrigle, chief engineer and manager of race tyre development for Bridgestone Americas commented by saying:
We were very happy with the performance of the tire in 2016 so we actually came with a relatively small test. “We only have two (experimental) right-side compounds and a couple of constructions, so it’s a pretty small, focused test for us this year.
Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in No.28 DHL Honda was in action at the test on Monday. The 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner commented on the test saying:
“Firestone’s always looking to put an even better product than they already have on the racetrack, so they’re always developing – just like we are. “We’re always developing our car and setups; they’re always developing their product. It’s just great testing Firestone tires because I always have 100 percent confidence in them. There’s not going to be any big surprises out there. It’s just constant development, going faster and faster.
Ed Carpenter Racing team owner/driver Ed Carpenter was testing on Monday and commented by saying:
Firestone’s a great partner for INDYCAR so to be part of helping them come back here with another great tire for next year is always rewarding.