IRL: Michigan: Firestone race report

Firestone Race Highlight: Today's outcome marks the 14th consecutive open-wheel win at MIS by a driver on Firestone tires since Firestone returned to the sport in 1995. Until today, 13 different drivers had each won once at MIS on Firehawks, but...

Firestone Race Highlight: Today's outcome marks the 14th consecutive open-wheel win at MIS by a driver on Firestone tires since Firestone returned to the sport in 1995. Until today, 13 different drivers had each won once at MIS on Firehawks, but Tony Kanaan became the first repeat winner. He gained his first major open-wheel win at Michigan in 1999.

Firestone Performance Award: Marco Andretti of Andretti Green Racing led lap 147 to claim the $10,000 Firestone Performance Award. The bonus is awarded at each IndyCar Series race in recognition of Firestone's presence as the only tire supplier to compete in every race in league history. The award goes to the driver leading the lap number corresponding to the cumulative number of races in IndyCar Series history, with today's race being the 147th.

Firestone Tire Performance Summary: Firestone Racing engineers brought a new compound for all four tire positions this weekend, and paired it with the same tire construction as the 2006 MIS tires. The specification performed extremely well, with a number of drivers electing to stop for fuel only and running extended stints on their Firehawks at various times in the race. Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti each ran the final 54 laps (108 miles) on a single set of Firehawks, and still battled each other tire-to-tire to the checkered flag.

From Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "There was a lot of hard racing, side by side, and we did stints today without changing tires. Again, I can't say enough about Firestone. You guys are on the top. Such a crazy race like this, running through debris and still keeping the same set of tires on more than 50 laps. That's what gave us the win."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "First, we're thankful everyone is OK after such a wild day of racing. The competition was tremendous in the Firestone Indy 400, and we believe it again comes down to the great confidence all the IndyCar Series drivers have in their Firestone tires. They're not shy in the least to run tire-to-tire at speeds of 215 miles an hour or more, lap after exhilarating lap at MIS. Congratulations to Tony Kanaan, who stretched the win streak for Firestone-equipped drivers at MIS open-wheel events to 14 without a defeat. Tony also became the first repeat Firestone winner of those 14, following his victory here back in 1999. It's ironic that the race broadcast today aired on ESPN Classic because this one may have become one of those 'instant classics.'"

Race Temperatures: Ranged from 80-83 F (27-28 C) track and from 71-77 F (22-25 C) ambient.

-credit: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Marco Andretti