Top-5 Finishers: 1. Ryan Briscoe; 2. Scott Dixon; 3. Ryan Hunter-Reay; 4. Alex Tagliani; 5. Oriol Servia.
Race Temperatures: Ranged from 120-124o. F (48-51o.C) track and from 78-79o.F (25-26o.C) ambient.
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone engineers brought their race-proven more durable street course tire compound and construction to this event. The tires performed very well, with drivers able to run differing strategies and some extended stints with fuel-only pit stops (see tire performance chart below).
From Ryan Briscoe, #6 Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It doesn't get any better than this! It's really special to win here. There was a lot of pressure out there today, but I had a lot of confidence in my equipment. The Firestone tires were great. We scrubbed in a set in warm-up this morning so that we would have a scrubbed set of tires on the green pit stop, and it seemed to work really good. The tires were quick coming in [up to optimum pressure/temperature], and they were very consistent."
From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "It is great to see an Australian driver atop the podium - the Aussie fans certainly deserve it after all these years of tremendous support of this fantastic event. Despite varying conditions throughout the weekend, the Firestone Firehawk tires performed well here. Today was certainly the hottest of the three-day event, and as Ryan Briscoe said, the tires seemed to come up to speed quickly. With all the green-flag pit stops, it was essential for drivers to be able to come out of the pits and blend in with the action on the track as quickly as possible. Firestone Racing is pleased with the performance of the Firestone Firehawk tires here on Australia's Gold Coast, and we hope to be back here next year to put on another great show for these fans."
Firestone Gold Coast Bonus: Underscoring our commitment to the IndyCar Series, its teams and its drivers, Firestone Racing agreed to match the prize money awarded to the top-five finishing drivers in the Nikon Indy 300.
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