FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - Indy Japan - The Final
Twin Ring Motegi Road Course, Motegi, Japan
Sunday, September 18 - Round 15 of 17
Top-5 Finishers: 1. Scott Dixon; 2. Will Power; 3. Marco Andretti; 4. Alex Tagliani; 5. Oriol Servia.
Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 116° - 127° F (47° - 53° C) and ambient from 90° - 91° F (32° - 33°C).
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone Racing engineers brought an all-new primary tire specification to Motegi, paired with the same alternate that was used previously this year at Edmonton. Both specifications performed very well this weekend on an untested track. (A chart of drivers' tire use in the race is attached.)
From race winner Scott Dixon, #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "For some segments of the race it was sort of like just cruising. Those Firestone tires lasted brilliantly for my car. It was just fantastic. It's a great day for the team. Great pit stops, great fuel strategy - everything. We got maximum points, and that's what we needed to get."
From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "This was a fitting ending to a great run of events here at Twin Ring Motegi. We saw great fan support (including 1,500 guests from our parent company Bridgestone Corporation), great weather, and an exciting race for the thousands upon thousands of spectators who turned out today. Congratulations to Scott Dixon and Target Chip Ganassi Racing for an absolutely dominating performance throughout the weekend. The primary and alternate Firestone Firehawk race tires ran great all weekend, and particularly today as the track 'rubbered in.' We at Firestone Racing are all a little sad to bid farewell to Twin Ring Motegi for now, but we are happy our last event here was such a success."
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: Scott Dixon, for holding the lead over Will Power on the first pit stop and going on to win; Marco Andretti, for re-passing Oriol Servia with two laps to go to finish third; and Charlie Kimball, for an aggressive move to the inside at the start of the race to gain three positions. Vote this week at www.indycar.com.