Firestone Firehawk Race Report
IZOD IndyCar Series - Edmonton Indy
City Centre Airport - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Round 10 of 17
Top-5 Finishers: 1. Will Power; 2. Helio Castroneves; 3. Dario Franchitti; 4. Tony Kanaan; 5. Justin Wilson.
Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 96°-102° F (35°-39° C) and ambient from 72°-76°F (22°-24°C).
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone Racing brought new compounds for both the primary and alternate tire specifications to Edmonton, paired with the body constructions used in 2010. The tires' grip helped produce plenty of excitement in the passing zones. The red-sidewall alternates held up well, exemplified by race winner Will Power and runner-up Helio Castroneves pushing each other hard the entire final stint, and by Sebastien Bourdais, who set the fastest race lap (101.399 mph) on the last lap - and the 27th lap on his alternate set. (A chart detailing all drivers' tire use in the race is attached.)
From race winner Will Power, #12 Verizon Team Penske Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "This is what we needed. I was definitely more aggressive today because I knew we had to be, trailing (in points) by what we were. A good day. My Firestone red (alternate) tires there at the end were very good. They went off a little and the blacks (primaries) may have been better today, but the reds held up well to do some donuts after the race and even to run over a bit of debris at the beginning of the race. Didn't get any punctures so it was awesome."
From runner-up Helio Castroneves, #3 Penske Truck Rental Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The Firestone tires were holding up very well. We were having kind of an issue on the braking and I was like, 'Man, help me out here, I don't know what to do,' but it was very good with the reds. My car was consistent, not only on reds but blacks as well."
From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "It was a quite exciting race, with some controversy thrown in with penalties for several drivers. Once again both the primary and alternate Firestone tires held up very well. Not only was there great racing at the front, but also throughout the field. Congratulations to Will Power, Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti for finishing on the podium; they all drove very well here today. Of significant note, it's pretty impressive to see Sebastien Bourdais post the fastest lap of the race on the very last lap on a set of red-sidewall alternate tires. That in itself shows that the tires were holding up very well throughout a full fuel stint."
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: Danica Patrick, who moved up eight spots in the opening 15 laps, and continued to improve from 22nd starting position to finish ninth; Will Power, for his perfectly executed pass for the lead on lap 19 that put him on the path to victory; and Takuma Sato, for boldly passing six cars on a lap-30 restart to move into third place. Fans can vote this week at www.indycar.com to determine the winner.