Firestone Race Notes: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Streets of St. Petersburg - St. Petesrburg, FL

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TIRE TRACKER: ST. PETERSBURG

Firestone is supplying more than 1,500 race tires for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. That total breaks down to the following numbers per entry:

·       Primary (black sidewall): 7 sets per entry*

·       Alternate (red sidewall): 4 sets per entry

·       Rain (gray sidewall): 5 sets per entry

*Does not include rookie set

ENGINEER'S NOTE


"The Firestone Race Tire Engineering team has been working diligently across the offseason to prepare for our 20th consecutive year as sole tire supplier of the NTT IndyCar Series, and we can't wait to return to racing at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The same race-proven primary and alternate tire technology from all 2018 street course venues will be used this week to handle the various surface types and conditions on the streets of St. Pete. These Firestone Firehawk race tires are the first of more than 60 unique race tire specifications that will be used during the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season."

- Cara Adams, Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Americas Motorsports

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FIRESTONE FAST FACT

If the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg runs a full 110 laps, each front tire of the winning car will have completed 154,594 rotations across the 14-turn, 1.8-mile waterfront course.

PIT STOP PERFORMANCE AWARD

During the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park (August 25), the No. 27 Andretti Autosport crew of Alexander Rossi captured the Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award with a combined pit stop time of 1 minute and 37.1871 seconds. Rossi's crew will be recognized with a $10,000 check this weekend at Portland International Raceway.

DRIVE THE TIRE THAT DRIVES INDYCAR LEGENDS

The durable, dependable Firestone tire technology that champions have trusted for more than a century is available to all drivers. With more than 165 company-owned retail store and authorized dealer locations within 100 miles of St. Petersburg, race fans don't have to go far to purchase Firestone passenger tires for their personal vehicles.


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