INDIANAPOLIS — In 2015, Nabisco introduced Oreo Thins, 40-calorie cookies that are about 66% thinner than a regular Oreo.
One Oreo Thin is roughly the thickness of the "tread" on Firestone race tires used at the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500.
What else do they have in common?
Well, as driver Helio Castroneves can tell you, they both go great with milk.
Mr. Castroneves won the 2021 Indy 500. He joins an elite class of racers to win the event four times — A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears. He described the win as a "dream come true," where his team was in sync and no one made a mistake.
Mr. Castroneves, 46, only is racing a partial schedule this year, but said after the Indy win, “It’s not the end; it’s the beginning.”
Days before winning the Indy 500, the four-time Indy champion joined Cara Adams, director of race tire engineering and production for Bridgestone Americas Inc. and Firestone Racing, to talk about the race and Firestone Firehawk racing tires.
“Tires are extremely important,” said Mr. Castroneves, who also won the Indy 500 in 2001 (his first attempt), 2002 and 2009. “People don’t realize. They just think, 'Eh, it’s four corners on a car and that’s it.’ But they’re actually able to tell the drivers what the car is doing. They’re the ones in contact with the asphalt. That’s how you translate to the engineers and make the car better.
“When you’re on the road, it’s the same thing. You hear a noise, you hear a bump and people don’t know what’s going on. It’s the tire telling you something is not right. It’s the same thing in racing. But when you’re going 200 miles an hour, you have to be a little more sensitive to that.”