Homestead: Firestone Motorsports race report

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT IndyCar Series - Firestone Indy 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway - Homestead, Fla. Saturday, October 10, 2009 - Round 17 of 17 Top-5 Finishers: 1. Dario Franchitti; 2. Ryan Briscoe; 3. Scott Dixon; 4. Tony Kanaan; 5.

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT
IndyCar Series - Firestone Indy 300
Homestead-Miami Speedway - Homestead, Fla.
Saturday, October 10, 2009 - Round 17 of 17

Top-5 Finishers: 1. Dario Franchitti; 2. Ryan Briscoe; 3. Scott Dixon; 4. Tony Kanaan; 5. Helio Castroneves.

Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 118°-106° F (48°-41° C) and ambient from 93°-88 °F (34°-31°C).

Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone Racing collected its 14th IndyCar Series title and its seventh major open-wheel crown with Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Race winner Dario Franchitti has earned all 23 of his major open-wheel victories on the Firestone family of race tires.

From race winner and 2009 champion Dario Franchitti, #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The Firestones were great tonight, but it was critical to keep the balance of the car right. If you kept the balance right, they were as good on the last lap as they were on the first. Way to go, Firestone. What can I say? Every race I've ever won in Indy cars has been with Firestone and I want that to continue."

From Chip Ganassi, owner, Target Chip Ganassi Racing: "Firestone is a great partner of IndyCar racing because they're a quality company and they make a quality product. It's a pleasure to be on those tires, it's a pleasure to work with great people in the company, and it's even a bigger pleasure to win with those tires."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "What an exciting finish to a super-competitive season. It was only fitting that the title contenders were the only ones in contention to win tonight. All three of those drivers - Briscoe, Dixon and Franchitti - drove like champions. It came down to pit strategy and fuel, and Dario comes out the 2009 IndyCar Series champion. We have a great history with both Dario and Chip Ganassi Racing, so to share another championship with them is something quite special. It was a new Firehawk tire combination that ran really well tonight, as evidenced by the front-runners making very few changes to their cars throughout the race. Now we focus on preparing for the 2010 season and continuing to provide the same reliability and consistency that the entire IndyCar field has come to count on from Firestone."

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 tonight's race are: Ryan Briscoe, for using the high line to perfection in passing for the lead on lap 63; Dario Franchitti, for his crew's pit strategy call and his fuel saving that opened the door to the race win and championship; and Tony Kanaan, for a spirited drive from 15th starting position to finish fourth. Fans can vote this week at www.indycar.com to determine the winner. In pre-race ceremonies tonight, Mario Moraes was presented the Tire-ific award for his earning a third straight top-five finish, last month at Motegi.

-credit: firestone motorsports

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Ryan Briscoe , Chip Ganassi , Mario Moraes
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing