IndyCar Contenders to sport 'Championship Rings'
The Firestone brand has been involved in numerous racing disciplines in its 100 years of competition. The brand will help spotlight two very different races at the Firestone Indy 300 Saturday, Oct. 10 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Special silvery white tire sidewall "Championship Rings" will adorn the cars of Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti and Ryan Briscoe, making it easier for fans to identify the IndyCar Series Championship contenders. Fans of Sarah Fisher will have no problem spotting her car or the special racing slicks that Firestone has provided for her. Firestone Racing has developed pink sidewall markings for the tires used by Sarah Fisher during the NextEra Energy Resources SPEEDJAMsm Championships Oct. 9-10. Fisher is running an all-pink IndyCar Series car dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer.
“I'm honored Firestone has joined Sarah Fisher Racing in supporting National Breast Cancer Awareness Month," Fisher said. "To have partners that understand the value of working together for the better of a cause is important for the IndyCar Series. Firestone has always been a valuable partner of our team and I greatly appreciate their support with our pink sidewall tires for the race this weekend."
This is the second consecutive year that Firestone Racing has provided the specially marked sidewalls for the title-contending teams in the IndyCar Series - making it easier for fans attending the Firestone Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to spot Briscoe, Franchitti and Dixon on the 18-20 degree variable banked oval. Much like the Firehawk red-sidewall alternate tires introduced this season at IndyCar Series road- and street-course events, the Championship Rings feature a bright sidewall coloring easily noticeable from the Homestead-Miami Speedway grandstands and visible on television.
"We're very excited to bring back the Championship Rings as special visual indicators of the drivers vying for the title," said Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing. "We think they'll be helpful to fans once again as Scott, Dario and Ryan battle for top honors at Homestead. Sarah's efforts to aid the 'Komen for the Cure' are highly commendable, and we couldn’t be happier about showing Firestone's support with the pink sidewalls. There's no better event we know of to bring these important races together than the Firestone Indy 300."
The second-closest points battle in the storied history of the IndyCar Series will be decided Oct. 10 with the Championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Phenomenal seats remain for the South Florida series-crowning Championship.
"Once again, the championship comes down to the final event and in all likelihood it could again come down to the last turn of the last lap," said Speyer. "It's one of the many things that make the IndyCar Series so exciting. We know that all the drivers will be pushing themselves and their equipment to the limits, confident in the fact that their Firestone tires will take them where they want to go. We have the same confidence that this new Firehawk tire spec will deliver the great grip and consistency for which they've become famous, and lead to another memorable conclusion to the season."
Great seats are available for the Oct. 9-10 NextEra Energy Resources SPEEDJAMsm Championships, featuring the series-crowning Championship finales of the Firestone Indy Lights, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car and IndyCar Series. The Firestone Indy 300 is set for Oct. 10 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with the Champion to be crowned after the checkered flag waves under the lights.