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:
They're only going 2 seconds slower under caution than they were in the rain. #IndyCar
— Curt Cavin (@curtcavin) July 20, 2014
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.
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Let me know if you have an opinion on the manner!