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Exploradio - The secret world of race tires
Firestone helps the Indy 500 celebrate 100 years of racing and engineers in Akron tweak the secret formula for ever faster results,

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Al Speyer, head of Firestone racing (left) in the Akron research center. Cutouts of racers Danica Patrick (center), and 2010 Indy 500 Winner Dario Franchitti (right) help market Firestone race tires.
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The 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 is this Sunday.   And engineers at the Firestone research center in Akron will be eagerly watching results on race day… tweaking the formula for a winning tire. 

But, as we report in this week’s edition of Exploradio, the technology of race tires remains an intensely guarded secret.

Exploradio - the secret world of race tires

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