Homestead: Firestone race report

Race Temperatures: Ranged from 85-81 F (30-27 C) track and from 76-74F (25-23 C) ambient. Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone Racing engineers are constantly developing and perfecting superspeedway tires. For this race, a new...

Race Temperatures: Ranged from 85-81 F (30-27 C) track and from 76-74F (25-23 C) ambient.

Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone Racing engineers are constantly developing and perfecting superspeedway tires. For this race, a new left-side compound was introduced, while the same right-side compound from 2007 was used. The construction of all four tires was changed slightly from last season's tire. All of these developments were designed to increase grip. This same specification was used at all recent Homestead-Miami Speedway testing, and it performed to expectations throughout the past few weeks and during tonight's race.

From Scott Dixon, #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The tires were really good. Our car was a lot better on short stints than it was on long stints, but the consistency of the tires was really good. We did have one set that I think we messed up on tire pressures more than anything, but the consistency of the Firestone tires was fantastic, as usual, and we had good grip all the way through."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Seeing 25 IndyCar Series machines on the track tonight was really special. Tonight's race was a great start to a historic season, and Firestone is proud to be a part of it. This evening, we saw lots of cars, great passing, a heartbreaking upset for Tony Kanaan and another win for Target Chip Ganassi Racing at Homestead. All the while, the Firestone Firehawks delivered the performance the drivers needed. So even with all the changes, it truly is 'business as usual' in the IndyCar Series, and Firestone Racing is thrilled to have this season underway."

Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: This $10,000 prize will be awarded after each IndyCar Series race to the driver who best utilizes his or her Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. This week's nominees are: Marco Andretti's outside pass of Scott Dixon for the lead on lap 73; Dan Wheldon relying on his tires to charge from his 22nd-place starting position to run as high as first; and Ed Carpenter's similar charge from the back of the field and for running an extra stint on one set of tires. Fans can vote Monday-Wednesday on www.indycar.com to determine the recipient, and tonight's winner will be named at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

-credit: firestone

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