Firestone Racing race report

St. Pete

Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 118°-127° F (48°-53° C) and ambient from 84°-86 °F (29°-30°C).

Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone's new primary and alternate tire specifications for St. Pete both performed well, but the red-sidewall alternate Firehawks were the preferred choice on a gorgeous, warm day. Seven of the top eight finishers had a choice of which spec to run on their final stint; six of them opted for the alternates. (A chart of tire use in the race is attached.)

From race winner Dario Franchitti, #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The grip with the Firestone reds is phenomenal, I said that yesterday. Today we made them last a full stint, so not only were they fast but they were consistent, too. We liked the way the car was a little more on (the alternates), so we went back to them at the end. Balance-wise, this was the first time we really got both the reds and blacks working well. The car was good on Firestone reds and Firestone blacks, so it was a good day."

From runner-up Will Power, #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The red tires were awesome, really sticky and they lasted. All around, Firestone does such a good job, I think we're very privileged to have them onboard and have them for the future as well."

From third-place Tony Kanaan, #82 Geico/KV Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We didn't raise our voice to keep them in the series just because we like Firestone. They are the best tires in the world. Black tires are supposed to be harder and red tires are supposed to be softer, and I think we proved that at the end, me having the black tires and Simona having the red tires. That's how to make the racing exciting. I'm just glad to have Firestone as my race tire and have them in the family."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "With driver quotes like these, I have nothing left to add."

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: Simona de Silvestro, for a savvy drive to move up 13 spots and finish career-best fourth; Tony Kanaan, for driving to a podium finish less than a week after joining his new team; and Raphael Matos, who also joined his team late and improved nine positions to finish seventh. Fans can vote this week at www.indycar.com to determine the winner.

-source: firestone

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