IRL: Kentucky: Firestone qualifying report

Team gambles and Sarah sizzles, grabs pole. Sometimes you fold'em; sometimes you hold'em. Team Purex/Aventis/Dreyer & Reinbold didn't like the way the cards looked for driver Sarah Fisher as her time to qualify early came, so they decided to...

Team gambles and Sarah sizzles, grabs pole.

Sometimes you fold'em; sometimes you hold'em. Team Purex/Aventis/Dreyer & Reinbold didn't like the way the cards looked for driver Sarah Fisher as her time to qualify early came, so they decided to make a few changes and come back to the table later. The gamble paid off as Fisher - riding on Firestone Firehawk racing radials - claimed her first Indy Racing League pole for tomorrow's Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway.

"With the conditions we were offered, I mean the track was filthy from that stock car series, the tires were just awesome," Fisher said. "We had no problems with Firestones; we just came in and made some aerodynamic changes and then the car was perfect for qualifying."

Page Mader, Manager of Race Tire Development, Firestone Racing: "Throughout the day, Firestone engineers and technicians have been working very closely with all teams, monitoring tire inflation and providing information about tread temperature. This information - always valuable - is even more important when you're dealing with a newer track surface. We saw some tread temperature readings today exceeding those of boiling water, which gives you an appreciation of what the Firehawks must endure this weekend. When you combine that heat with the loading factors generated by cars on this track, you're asking a lot from a tire - but we're confident the Firestone tires are up to the job. We congratulate Sarah on earning the pole, and her team on a great strategic move in qualifying. All of us with Firestone are very proud of her right now."

Billy Boat, CURB/Agajanian/Boat Indy Racing (Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone): "The Firestone tires were great today. We had to fight a little bit with the adverse conditions after that other race today, but we still had good grip throughout the run. In fact, they only got better."

Sam Hornish, Jr., Pennzoil Panther Racing (Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "We were concerned about the condition of the track, so we put a little more wing in, and - as it turns out - we actually had too much, we were just stuck. All in all we could have gone a little faster. Chevrolet and Firestone have been doing an awesome job for us, giving us a tremendous combination; I'm never afraid to go out there on the track with what I'm driving."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Billy Boat , Sam Hornis
Teams Panther Racing