IRL: Homestead: Firestone Racing race report

Firehawks satisfy on Homestead hotplate. Unusually high temperatures posed no problems for the Firestone-equipped field in today's Toyota Indy 300 - won by Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon. With ambient temperature reaching 94 ...

Firehawks satisfy on Homestead hotplate.

Unusually high temperatures posed no problems for the Firestone-equipped field in today's Toyota Indy 300 - won by Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon. With ambient temperature reaching 94 degrees (F) and track temperatures hitting 118 degrees (F), the Firehawks turned in an impressive performance with no wear issues or problems reported by any IRL IndyCar team.

"The tires were great all day," Dixon said. "We struggled a bit with understeer in the car initially and really cooked the front tires. Then we worked on the balance and went a little too far and started cooking the rears. But the tires were good, very consistent all day."

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "It was another very hot day and another extreme test for the Firestone Firehawks. Homestead is a relatively flat track and the cars don't have a lot of downforce here, so the cars want to slide around more than normal. But even under these demanding conditions, the Firehawks held up really well today, and one of the key reasons for Scott's victory was the way he and his team maintained a high level of grip and control throughout the entire race."

Firestone Performance Award: Because he was leading at lap 72 in the Toyota Indy 300 today, Marlboro Team Penske driver Gil de Ferran earned a $10,000 bonus check from the Firestone Racing program. The award celebrates Firestone tires being in all 72 Indy Racing League events conducted since the first competition in 1996. The check will be presented in pre-race ceremonies at the March 23 IRL event in Phoenix.

Ambient temperatures ranged from 92 to 94 degrees (F) in today's race while track temperatures ranged from 112 to 118 degrees (F).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing