Wheldon Gives Honda First Victory at Motegi Dan Wheldon started from the pole and put on a commanding performance to bring home his first IndyCar Series win and the first victory by a Honda-powered driver at Twin Ring Motegi, the facility...
Wheldon Gives Honda First Victory at Motegi
Dan Wheldon started from the pole and put on a commanding performance to bring home his first IndyCar Series win and the first victory by a Honda-powered driver at Twin Ring Motegi, the facility opened by the Japanese manufacturer in 1998.
It was an impressive win by Wheldon, but not an easy one. Wheldon was chased the entire race by Andretti Green Racing teammate Tony Kanaan, who finished in second place. On the last pit stop, Wheldon took on four brand new Firestone Firehawks and was able to hold Kanaan off for the victory.
"My last set of tires, in particular, were awesome," said Wheldon. "When you've got Tony Kanaan so close to you, you need a good set. I know our set was perfect."
Quote from Joe Barbieri, Firestone Racing Project Supervisor: "What a great day for Andretti Green Racing and especially for Honda. We knew it would be just a matter of time before Dan would find himself in victory circle. He and his team were just dominant today, and it looks like the AGR team will be hard to stop this year. Those of us from Firestone Racing were extremely proud to be part of this event as well, through Bridgestone Corporation's involvement again this year as title sponsor. Many of our teammates from Bridgestone Corporation joined us at the racetrack this weekend and I'm sure they were proud as well to see how well the Firestone tires performed."
Firestone Performance Award: For leading at lap 90 today in the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300, Dan Wheldon earned a $10,000 bonus check from the Firestone Racing program. The award celebrates Firestone being the only tire manufacturer to appear in all 90 Indy Racing League events conducted since the first event in 1996.
Race temperatures ranged from 88 to 95 degrees (F) track and 66 to 67 degrees (F) ambient. Race temperatures ranged from 31 to 35 degrees (C) track and 18.9 to 19.4 degrees (C) ambient.