IRL: Milwaukee: Firestone race report

Kanaan Ends Victory Drought with Impressive Drive to Win For Tony Kanaan, it seemed like an eternity since his last race win, which came 11 months ago. The 2004 IndyCar champion ended the drought with a spectacular drive to victory lane today --...

Kanaan Ends Victory Drought with Impressive Drive to Win

For Tony Kanaan, it seemed like an eternity since his last race win, which came 11 months ago. The 2004 IndyCar champion ended the drought with a spectacular drive to victory lane today -- and some just as spectacular celebratory donuts in front of the appreciative crowd. Kanaan held off Sam Hornish Jr. by 1.8 seconds for his seventh career IndyCar triumph and first since winning at Infineon Raceway in August 2005.

From Tony Kanaan, Andretti Green Racing Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"Going through the last lap, I was happier than when I won the championship in 2004; that means we haven't been winning too often. We've been working closer with the Firestone engineers lately, and I think they made a better tire for here; it was very consistent. This is the lowest grip track that we have and I did not struggle with my car all day. The last set may look a little bad now because I burned them out so much doing donuts in front of the crowd, but the tires were awesome. Firestone always does a great job for us and today was another one."

Firestone Tire Performance Summary:

Firestone brought an all-new tire specification this year to Milwaukee, with compound changes to all four tire positions. As expected, the new tire spec demonstrated similar grip and wear characteristics to the Firehawks used here in 2005. Durability was evident all weekend but particularly in the final race stint, when the lead-lap cars put 85 laps on their final set. The tires still held enough grip to allow Tomas Scheckter to clock the fastest lap of the race, 163.885 mph, on lap 218 (on tires with 78 race laps on them); and to permit Kanaan's exclamation point victory donuts.

From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing:

"It's good to see Tony and Andretti Green back in victory circle with a well-deserved win. Tony ran strong all day and his confidence in the Firestone tires was well on display with him making moves high, low, anywhere he needed. We brought a new-compound Firehawk specification for this weekend and it seemed to perform well on all counts. Durability was never an issue, and the grip was there as well on this slick oval. It's worth pointing out that, even with less horsepower from this year's spec engine and the same chassis as before, six drivers shattered the previous IndyCar Series track qualifying record on these new Firestone tires. And for Tomas Scheckter to run the fastest race lap on the 78th lap of the stint is further testament to the great grip the Firehawks still had at the end of the run."

Firestone Performance Award:

Dario Franchitti of Andretti Green Racing earned the $10,000 Firestone Performance Award for leading lap 130 of today's race, the 130th race in IRL IndyCar Series history. The award commemorates Firestone's participation in every event since the league's inaugural race in 1996.

Race temperatures ranged from 105 to 108 degrees track and 72 to 78 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 40 to 42 degrees track and 22s to 26 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Sam Hornish Jr.