FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Barber Motorsports Park - Leeds, Ala.
Sunday, April 10, 2011 - Round 2 of 17
Top-5 Finishers: 1. Will Power; 2. Scott Dixon; 3. Dario Franchitti; 4. Marco Andretti; 5. Oriol Servia.
Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 1260-1110 F (520- 440 C) and ambient from 870- 88 0F (310C).
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: It didn't matter whether he was driving on Firestone's new primary tire for Barber or the alternate tire that was making a return performance here, Will Power was dominant in leading all 90 laps to win. Power preferred the red-sidewall alternates, running two stints including the final sizzling 31 laps (74 miles) on a set he'd previously put five laps on during qualifying Saturday. (A chart of drivers' tire use in the race is attached.)
It was nice to see a variety of strategies with the Firestone primary and alternate tires in the race.
From race winner Will Power, #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I was very determined this weekend. I slept very well last night and thought, 'I'm going to come here and win this race.' The car was perfect and the crew did an awesome job in the pits. ... I was so physically good and calm in the car. I was talking on the radio like I was going on a Sunday drive. It was a great day. The Firestone reds (alternates) were great and the blacks (primaries) were really good, too. We did a two-stop race so we put a lot of laps on 'em, and they were great."
From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Congratulations to Will Power and Team Penske, they were clearly the car to beat today and ran a flawless race. It was nice to see a variety of strategies with the Firestone primary and alternate tires in the race. From our view they performed exactly as they were designed to do. Barber Motorsports Park is such a picturesque facility and you couple that with the perfect weather we had today, and the fans were certainly treated to a great 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 today's race are: Tony Kanaan, for boldly picking up 10 positions on lap one, on his way to improving 18 spots and finishing sixth; Simon Pagenaud, who moved from 23rd to eighth in his IndyCar Series debut; and Will Power, who was dominant in leading all 90 laps to win. Fans can vote this week at www.indycar.com to determine the winner.