CHAMPCAR/CART: Firestone Toronto race notes

Michael Andretti was knocked to last place on a first-lap collision but it didn't prevent the Team Motorola driver from charging all the way back to the front and winning the Molson Indy Toronto a record seventh time. Andretti's unwavering ...

Michael Andretti was knocked to last place on a first-lap collision but it didn't prevent the Team Motorola driver from charging all the way back to the front and winning the Molson Indy Toronto a record seventh time. Andretti's unwavering confidence in his Firestone tires played a pivotal role in the charge because he knew he could rely on their grip and durability to catapult him to the lead.

Andretti won for the fourth time (and second in a row at Toronto) since he joined the Firestone Racing family in 1999 and for the 41st time in his illustrious CART career. Alex Tagliani of Forsythe Racing finished a career-best second in front of his home Canadian fans, with Adrian Fernandez of Fernandez Racing a season-best third. All 26 starters today rode on Firestone Firehawk racing radials.

"Congratulations to Michael and his team on a brilliant drive to victory," said Joe Barbieri, Bridgestone/Firestone Motorsports Project Supervisor. "On a tight course that demands the best of a race tire, Michael was able to maximize the use of his Firestone Firehawks and work his way to the front. Michael, Adrian Fernandez and others obviously had to lean on their tires to make the passes they did, and the tires responded. The drivers were highly complimentary of their tire performance today, so it looks like the Firestone engineers made the right call again."

Michael Andretti, Team Motorola Honda/Reynard/Firestone: "We had a little problem at the beginning, got plowed into the wall, but we were able to overcome it. The car was perfect, the pit stops were perfect, the engine was perfect and the Firestone tires were perfect. I was using the tires like crazy because I had to get through traffic. In the last stint they were absolutely perfect."

Kim Green, Team Motorola general manager: "I can't say enough about how well Michael drove. He did everything we asked him to do - saved fuel when we needed to, pushed hard when we needed to. I guess the big lesson there is never give up. The tires were awesome. From last to first is pretty impressive around this place."

Adrian Fernandez, Fernandez Racing Honda/Reynard/Firestone: "The tires were excellent today; very consistent, very good. We were pushing them very hard, so they were very good." kk

-Firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Adrian Fernandez , Alex Tagliani , Kim Green