FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 Sambodrome/Streets of São Paulo - São Paulo, Brazil
Top-5 Finishers: 1. Will Power; 2. Graham Rahal; 3. Ryan Briscoe; 4. Dario Franchitti; 5. Oriol Servia.
Race Temperatures (Monday only): Ranged from 69°-73° F (21°-23° C) track and from 67°- 68°F (19°-20°C) ambient.
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: The Firestone rain tires were used nearly exclusively in the race for the first time this season, and performed well. In wet and sometimes drying conditions, the Firehawk wets provided the grip necessary in treacherous conditions. (A chart detailing tire use in the race is attached.)
From race winner Will Power, #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was an interesting day. We took the green (for today's restart) on (Firestone alternate) reds, but then straight in the pits for the wets. The tires held up great, really good in the wet, spray wasn't too bad today and I'm really happy for the Verizon car to be P1 again. I had to chop through the field there at the end and that's what won us the race, being quite aggressive and getting past people. It's really tough to do that in the rain, but the tires held up well for me."
From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "We're disappointed for the fans in Brazil with the poor weather the past two days, but we're proud of the drivers to put in that effort today to finish the event. The conditions were difficult again with early rain, some drying, more rain, more drying. But the Firestone rain tires performed well throughout the changing environment. Numerous drivers like Takuma Sato, Will Power and Simona de Silvestro made bold passes they never would've considered if they didn't have the confidence in their Firehawk wets to hold on for them. The season is shaping up to be very competitive once again, and now we head to the biggest race on the schedule in Indianapolis. We're ready for some oval racing action."
The season is shaping up to be very competitive once again.
Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: This $10,000 prize is awarded after each IZOD IndyCar Series race to the driver who best utilizes his or her Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. This race's nominees are: Graham Rahal, for his recovery from a spin to finish second; Takuma Sato, for his brilliant pass for first place on lap 26 and going on to lead 23 laps in the wet; and Mike Conway, for advancing from 20th place to finish sixth in today's race resumption. Fans can vote this week at www.indycar.com to determine the recipient.
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