Cara Adams is the chief engineer for Bridgestone Americas Motorsports. Her mechanical engineering degree is key in her understanding of how to build reliable, performance-oriented tires that supply the entire field of the NTT IndyCar Series. In Part 1, Adams gives you her background and intro into racing and delves into some of the details about race tire construction including the mechanical and chemical aspects and how that changes depending upon tracks and car configuration.
By Larry Mason
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Cara Adams is not only well spoken, but has the knowledge and experience to help keep all the drivers in the NTT IndyCar Series focusing on driving fast and always having a consistent tire to race on.
The Firestone “Reds” are the softer alternate compound that can give the driver extra confidence to push just a little bit harder around the track when trying to win the pole position in the Firestone Fast Six qualifying sessions. The Firestone “Blacks” are the primary compound and both types must be used during the race.
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