FIRESTONE FIREHAWK QUALIFYING REPORT WIndyCar Series - Rexall Edmonton Indy WCity Centre Airport - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada WSaturday, July 25, 2009 - Round 11 of 17 "Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (time): 1. Will Power (01:01:0133); 2.
FIRESTONE FIREHAWK QUALIFYING REPORT WIndyCar Series - Rexall Edmonton Indy WCity Centre Airport - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada WSaturday, July 25, 2009 - Round 11 of 17
"Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (time): 1. Will Power (01:01:0133); 2. Ryan Briscoe (01:01:1232); 3. Helio Castroneves (01:01:2033); 4. Scott Dixon (01:01:2046); 5. Graham Rahal (01:01:6952); 6. Dario Franchitti (01:01:8344).
Firestone qualifying highlight: Alternate tires once again added a great deal of excitement to qualifying. Each car had two sets of "reds" at its disposal, and teams used varying strategies to advance through the knock-out rounds. The attached chart indicates tire usage for the Firestone Fast Six qualifying session. This afternoon, teams will declare on which tire specification they intend to start the race and will receive one additional set of new alternate tires that must be used for two green flag laps during tomorrow's race.
Qualifying temperatures: Temperatures ranged from 114°-112° F (45°-44° C) track and from 91°-87° F (32°-30°C) ambient.
From pole winner Will Power, #12 Penske Racing/Penske Truck Rental Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The Firestone Firehawk tires were good! I used two used sets of red [alternate] tires in that last session. They were very consistent - I just kept getting more and more grip! I'm very happy; it's great for the team and all the guys."
From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Team Penske sure knows how to dominate qualifying at this track! Congratulations to them for securing the top three spots on the grid. And that was a job well-done by Will Power, who is continuing his impressive performance on a partial schedule this season. Temperatures were extremely high today, but both the primary and alternate Firestone Firehawk tires held up well in these tough conditions. In fact, these tires really like the heat! Tomorrow's forecast looks considerably cooler, so it will be interesting to see if that has any effect on the handling of the cars. Teams will have to consider that factor in addition to their alternate and primary tire strategy."
-credit: firestone motorsports