Apr 03, 2013
Firestone Firehawk Tires 2013 IICS Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Fast Facts
Press Release
No 98 Team Barracuda -Photo Credit" Firestone Racing
No 98 Team Barracuda -Photo Credit" Firestone Racing
IZOD IndyCar Series – Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

Barber Motorsports Park – Leeds, Ala.

April 5-7, 2013 – Round 2 of 19 

Race Distance: 214.2 miles/344.7 km (90 laps on the 2.38-mile/3.83-km, 14-turn permanent road course).

Broadcast: Live – Sunday, April 7, at 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, IMS Radio Network, SiriusXM 211 and Qualifying show (tape delay) airs at 5 p.m. ET Saturday, April 6 on NBC Sports Network.

Firestone Firehawk Race Tires Supplied:

  • Primary (black-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 662, each entry receives five sets (20 total tires);
  • Alternate (red-sidewall) dry-condition slicks: 342, each entry receives three sets (12 total tires);
  • Wet-condition (rain) tires with grooved tread pattern: 332, each entry has five sets of the rain tire that debuted in June 2012 available this weekend.

The alternate tire program, a staple of the series for the fifth straight season, mandates a second tire specification at road- or street-course races. The Firehawk alternates, easily identified by their bright red sidewalls, pair the same tire construction as the primary specification with a softer tread compound to provide more grip and faster lap times, while trading off compound durability for the shorter-term advantages.

Firestone Racing has developed new dry-condition tire specifications for Barber Motorsports Park for 2013. The primary (black-sidewall) spec includes a slight body construction change from last year’s tire and a higher-grip (“softer”) tread compound. It’s the same spec used at last month’s open test when many drivers eclipsed the official track record. The alternate (red-sidewall) tires possess an even softer tread compound than in 2012 to maintain or increase the performance difference between the two specs from a year ago.

Per series regulations, all cars must use at least one set of primary tires and one new alternate set during the race, each for a minimum of two green-flag laps. Otherwise, teams can use their weekend tire allotment at their discretion.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: “Following the thrilling and unpredictable season opener in St. Petersburg, we look forward to more excitement this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. If last month’s open test is any indication, we are in for a memorable weekend. The combination of the new Firestone primary tires and the freshly modified Barber track surface made for incredible lap times – and that’s before teams had the chance to use the softer, faster alternate tires that they will have on hand for race weekend. We can’t wait to see what kinds of speeds are achieved when those red-sidewall Firehawk alternates get their turn.”

Firestone “Destination Turbo” Sweepstakes: In conjunction with the DreamWorks Animation film “Turbo” scheduled for release this summer, fans 18 years and older can enter for a chance to win a trip for four to the 2013 Indianapolis 500 (including airfare, hotel and a $500 prepaid Firestone MasterCard) or other great prizes in Firestone’s “Destination Turbo” sweepstakes going on now through April 30. For more information, visit

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