IRL: Detroit: Firestone qualifying report

Firestone qualifying highlight: Helio Castroneves set an IndyCar Series record with seventh pole position of the season. Four of the poles have come on road and street circuits. Castroneves is the series career leads in pole positions with ...

Firestone qualifying highlight: Helio Castroneves set an IndyCar Series record with seventh pole position of the season. Four of the poles have come on road and street circuits. Castroneves is the series career leads in pole positions with 23.

From pole winner Helio Castroneves, #3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "That was a tough one! The Firestone tires are holding very good. On the second run (the tires) lost actually a little of the crisp and the sharpness, but honestly that was good for us because I was able to take more chances and squeeze a little more out of it. I can't be happier for the team, for Roger (Penske), for the entire organization. It's awesome to have those Firestone tires!"

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Congratulations to Helio for 'dancing' his way to the pole position once again. He and the Team Penske crew have certainly discovered the secret to getting the most out of their car and Firestone tires in qualifying this year. He's done it on a vast array of tracks - two street courses, two permanent road circuits, a short oval, intermediate oval and the biggest of them all, Indianapolis - which is even more amazing. For Helio to do it today on his second run on a set of Firehawks during the Firestone Fast Six is evidence of the tires' ability to go through a heat cycle and still come back as strong as ever. We can't wait for tomorrow's race at this great reborn race facility."

A number worth celebrating: Sunday's race will be the 150th in IndyCar Series history, and Firestone is the only tire supplier to have participated in every one. To commemorate, the $10,000 Firestone Performance Award will be presented to the driver who leads the lap when the 150th race mile is completed. That will be lap 71.

-credit: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves
Teams Team Penske