Chicagoland: Firestone Racing race report

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT IZOD IndyCar Series - PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 Chicagoland Speedway - Joliet, Illinois Saturday, August 28, 2010 - Round 14 of 17 Top-5 Finishers: 1. Dario Franchitti; 2. Dan Wheldon; 3. Marco ...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300
Chicagoland Speedway - Joliet, Illinois
Saturday, August 28, 2010 - Round 14 of 17

Top-5 Finishers: 1. Dario Franchitti; 2. Dan Wheldon; 3. Marco Andretti; 4. Ryan Hunter-Reay; 5. Tony Kanaan.

Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 95°-87° F (35°-31° C) and ambient from 88°- 82° F (31°-28° C).

Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone brought a new tire specification to Chicagoland and, as race winner Dario Franchitti proved, the Firehawks performed superbly over the longest of stints. Designed to deliver more grip than their 1.5-mile oval predecessors, the new Firehawk spec still possessed the incredible durability for Franchitti to skip taking fresh tires on his last pit stop. He grabbed the lead with the gamble and put 62 laps (93 miles) plus victory donuts on the final set of Firehawks, and they never wavered.

From race winner Dario Franchitti, #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We have a lot of faith in Firestone, so the guys on the timing stand said to leave the tires on. That was a great call by Chris (Simmons, engineer) and Barry (Wanser) and Chip. We ran a stint and a half on the tires and they were still good. That was pretty impressive by Firestone. My boys said have faith in them and I didn't even worry about it."

From Chip Ganassi, owner, Target Chip Ganassi Racing: "We knew the tires could make it, so we went for it. After so long working with the guys at Firestone and working with the tires, we knew what they were capable of. We said, 'Let's go for it.' That was our only shot to win."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Another incredible IZOD IndyCar Series race tonight flag-to-flag in which the Firestone Firehawks played a big part. Throughout the entire 200 laps, we saw drivers running multiple lines and within inches of each other at more than 210 miles an hour. You just can't do that unless the tires are very, very stable. Then to have Dario Franchitti and his team trust their Firestones so much that they didn't change them on their last pit stop is an exceptional testament to our tires, which is better than anything we could say ourselves. Congratulations to Dario and the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team on another great win, and to all the drivers tonight who put on a fantastic show."

Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: This $10,000 prize is awarded after each IndyCar Series race to the driver best utilizing his or her Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. Nominees from tonight's race are: Marco Andretti, for again taking the high line most of the night to finish third; Dario Franchitti, for skipping a tire change on the final pit stop, leading to his win; and Justin Wilson, for climbing from 23rd starting spot to finish seventh in the wild race. Fans can vote this week at www.indycar.com to determine the winner.

-source: firestone racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Marco Andretti , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing