RACE NOTES ABC SUPPLY 500 POCONO RACEWAY – LONG POND, PENNSYLVANIA August 20 at 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT on NBCSN #ABCSupply500 Firestone will bring more than 1,200 tires to Pocono Each entry will recieve 13 sets of tires ENGINEER’S NOTE “The unique challenge for this 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle” is to bring tires that can work…
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RACE NOTES HONDA INDY TORONTO STREETS OF TORONTO – TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA July 16 at 3:00 p.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Network #IndyTO ENGINEER’S NOTE “For the Honda Indy Toronto, Firestone engineers have selected the primary tire (black sidewall) and rain tire (grey sidewall) that are used at all street course circuits in 2017, said…
IOWA CORN 300
IOWA SPEEDWAY – NEWTON, IA
July 9 at 5:00 p.m. ET / 2:00 p.m. PT on NBC Sports Network
“This year’s Iowa race tire uses the same constructions on all four positions as 2016,” said Cara Adams, Chief Engineer for Bridgestone Americas Motorsports and Firestone Racing. “The compounds on the right side tires are also the same as what was run at Iowa last year with the left side featuring the 2017 Indianapolis specifications.”
Firestone will bring more than 800 tires to Iowa
Each entry will receive 10 sets of PRIMARY tires
PIT STOP PERFORMANCE
During the KOHLER Grand Prix (June 25), the No. 28 Andretti Autosport crew of Ryan Hunter-Reay captured the Firestone Pit Stop Performance Award with a total pit lane time of 2 minutes, 6 seconds. Stay tuned for the winner from Iowa.
The Firestone Flotation 23 DT tire is one of the largest tires made at the Firestone Des Moines plant. Three of these tires contain enough rubber to tread almost 800 race tires – enough to provide 21 Indy cars with 10 sets each for the Iowa Corn 300.
FIRESTONE PRESENCE IN IOWA
Off the racetrack, Firestone has a strong presence in the Des Moines area. Firestone was the first to develop tires for agricultural use in the late 1930s, and since 1945, world-class Firestone Ag tires have been manufactured in Des Moines. Today, the Des Moines manufacturing plant employs more than 1,300 people and produces approximately 2,600 tires each day.
KOHLER GRAND PRIX
ROAD AMERICA – ELKHART LAKE, WI
June 25 at 12:30 p.m. ET / 9:30 a.m. PT on NBC Sports Network
“We are using race-proven constructions and compounds for this beautiful 4-mile dedicated road course which is a favorite of both drivers and fans alike,” said Cara Adams, Chief Engineer for Bridgestone Americas Motorsports and Firestone Racing. “Road America has unique challenges with 14 turns, quite a bit of elevation change and top speeds in the 180’s (mph). To meet the demands of this circuit, we are bringing the 2016 Watkins Glen primary tire (black sidewall) along with the same alternate tire (red sidewall) used at Road America last year.”
Firestone will bring more than 1,400 tires to Road America
Each entry will receive:
8 sets of PRIMARY tires (Does not include rookie set)
4 sets of ALTERNATE tires
3 sets of RAIN tires
Road America has a per lap elevation gain of about 211 feet. In a 55-lap race, a car will have climbed nearly 11,600 feet which is higher than the Yellowstone Caldera (10,308 feet) and more than 9,800 tires stacked on top of each other.
RACE NOTES DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY PHOENIX GRAND PRIX PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY – PHOENIX, AZ April 29 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT (LIVE on NBCSN) #DesertDiamondPGP Firestone will bring more than 1,000 tires to Phoenix Each entry will receive 9 sets of tires All designed for the ovals at Phoenix International Raceway and Gateway Motorsports…
HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK – BIRMINGHAM, AL April 23 at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT (LIVE on NBCSN) #HIGPA Firestone will bring more than 1,400 tires to Barber Each entry will receive: 7* sets of PRIMARY tires The primary tires are the same race-proven compound and similar construction to the…
Bridgestone Americas Announces Realignment of its Firestone Race Tire Development Team
Changes include the addition of Peterman and promotion of Adams
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 18, 2016) – Bridgestone Americas today announced that the company is reorganizing the Race Tire Development (RTD) arm of its Firestone Racing program, adding manufacturing expertise while reaffirming the brand’s commitment to innovation and the Verizon IndyCar® Series. Changes to the team include the following:
- Dan Peterman, currently Plant Engineer at Bridgestone’s Passenger Radial Tire (PSR) plant in Aiken, South Carolina, has been named Manager of Race Tire Development/Production and Building Services. He will relocate to Akron, Ohio.
- Dale Harrigle, currently Chief Engineer and Manager of Race Tire Development, has accepted a management position within Bridgestone’s Consumer Tire Trade Group, effective at the conclusion of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
- Cara Adams, currently Senior Project Engineer, Race Tire Development, has been named Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Americas Motorsports and Manager, Race Tire Development.
“Dale is an innovator in the world of race tire design and he has been instrumental in the success of Firestone Racing for more than two decades. The program would not be where it is today without his expertise, leadership and sacrifice,” said Lisa Boggs, director of Bridgestone Americas Motorsports. “Dan and Cara have demonstrated the knowledge, experience and leadership necessary to ensure a seamless transition and to continue our tradition of excellence.”
Effective immediately, Peterman will assume the newly formed role of Manager of Race Tire Development/Production and Building Services, where he will oversee all aspects of race tire development and manufacturing. He has more than 25 years of manufacturing experience at a number of Bridgestone tire manufacturing facilities, most recently serving as Plant Engineer at the Aiken PSR plant. He is a graduate of the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering.
At the conclusion of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, Adams will take over the role of Chief Engineer and Manager of Race Tire Development, replacing Harrigle.
“I’m honored to lead our engineering team in the future development of tires for Indy car racing and into the next chapter of Firestone Racing’s storied history,” Adams said. “Perhaps one of Dale’s biggest contributions to our sport is the expert team of engineers and chemists developed during his tenure. Dan, our entire team of engineers, chemists and technicians and I look forward to applying those teachings as we continue to provide world-class tires to our racing family.”
Adams began her career with Bridgestone in 2003 as an engineer in the Tire/Vehicle Dynamics department. She joined the Race Tire Development team in 2007, where she developed road and street course tires, and currently oversees the brand’s super- speedway tire development, including those used in the Indianapolis 500®. She also manages the race team’s Force and Moment testing program, working with teams and manufacturers to develop tire models used in race simulations. She earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Akron.
Harrigle, who joined Race Tire Development when the Firestone brand returned to open-wheel racing in 1994, brings 22 years of race tire development expertise to his new position, where he will lead a team responsible for developing light truck, SUV and winter tires for the consumer tire replacement market. In this role, Harrigle will continue to exemplify the brand’s tradition of transferring technology between its race tires and passenger tires.
“I am extremely proud of my accomplishments as Chief Engineer and Manager of Race Tire Development, and throughout my entire career with Firestone Racing,” Harrigle said. “I’ve had the privilege of working with many talented, dedicated and inspiring people in the world of motorsport, and I am honored to have been chosen to lead the great team at Firestone Race Tire Development for the past four years. I am excited for a new challenge and to use my expertise in leading a team in the Consumer Tire Trade Group. I wish Firestone Racing and INDYCAR continued success in their tremendous partnership, and I congratulate Dan and Cara on their new roles.”