Firestone fast six qualifying report
IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Indy Toronto
Exhibition Place - Streets of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Round 9 of 17
"Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (mph): 1. Will Power (106.047); 2. Scott Dixon (105.892); 3. Dario Franchitti (105.476); 4. Mike Conway (105.418); 5. Graham Rahal (105.219); 6. Oriol Servia (104.717).
Firestone qualifying highlights: Will Power employed a used set of alternate tires to set an IZOD IndyCar Series track record pole speed of 106.047 mph (59.5771 seconds). All drivers ran alternate tires throughout all stages of the knockout-style qualifying session with the exception of Simona de Silvestro and James Jakes, who did not advance from the first round.
Qualifying temperatures: Track temperatures ranged from 115° - 122° F (46° - 50° C) and ambient temperatures from 78°- 81° F (26° - 27° C).
From pole winner Will Power, #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "To get a fast lap out of this track, you just have to wring its neck like no other track around, and you're exhausted by the time you're finished. That's the great thing about IndyCar - we're not on these super-smooth, high-grip surfaces with a heap of downforce. You've really got to drive these things. It's good to get a pole here - I've never had a pole here. We went fast on a set of scuffed Firestone alternate tires. The reds definitely had a lot more grip, and they're just a nice tire. It will be interesting in the race tomorrow to see if people run two sets of primaries or two sets of alternates, so there's a load to think about tonight."
From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "It's amazing how quickly these IZOD IndyCar Series drivers are getting around this track this year. Several people have asked if that can be attributed to the Firestone Firehawk racing tires. We're not sure if that's the case, or if it is a combination of subtle differences in the track paired with these particular primary and alternate tire specifications. The primary tire is all-new for this year, while the alternate was used previously this season at Long Beach. Cars in this morning's practice session were running 60-second flat laps on primary tires, which is faster than last year's pole time (60.27 seconds). In any case, we're pleased to see the tires working so well here, and we're looking forward to an exciting race tomorrow to celebrate this great venue's 25 years of racing."
By: firestone racing