Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Firestone Complex

Indycar and its fans should be eternally grateful that Firestone is the tire supplier for its series. They produce magic rings that guide Indycars on the track and commercial vehicles off of it.

But I noticed a problem after the race weekend in Toronto. Despite producing great tires for ovals and dry tires for road courses, Firestone produces inferior tires for the rain. They do nothing to enhance the racing. Drivers cannot push the limits in the rain, which is a damn shame. Here's an alarming tweet from IndyStar ace Curt Cavin:


For one, I think Firestone needs to develop a better rain tire. I'm not knowledgeable in that area. I have no idea how long it takes or how much it costs to develop a new tire, but a new rain tire  is needed to make racing in the rain better for both drivers and fans.

And not to get greedy, but after they fix the wet tire compound, they should develop an intermediate compound that's for a damp track but not fully drenched. This would make it easier to transition from dry tires to wet tires.

Helio Castroneves of Brazil driver of the #3 Team Penske Dallara Chevrolet leads a pack of cars during parade laps of race 1 of the Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto on the streets of Toronto on July 19, 2014, in Toronto, Canada.
Photo: Robert Laberge / Getty Images North America

Let me know if you have an opinion on the manner!

-Matthew Hickey

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