Firestone will have provided the NTT IndyCar Series teams with more than 6,000 tires by the time the month of May has concluded at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
In 2019, each driver received 36 sets of tires for practice, qualifying and the race.
Speaking ahead of the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge this weekend, chief engineer with Bridgestone Americas Motorsports Cara Adams said:
The 2019 Firestone Firehawk Indy500 tires feature a new left-side compound and new right-side construction and compound. With the new aero kit last season, trailing vehicles in traffic at IMSexhibited ‘aero wash,’ or a reduction on aero load on the right front tire due to the disturbance of the leading cars. Firestone worked with INDYCAR to improve this by developing right side constructions with modified footprints (the shape of the contact patch where the rubber meets the road), which successfully changed the side grip load dependency. This reduction in sensitivity allows for a more consistent level of grip as the tire is unloaded in traffic.”