IRL: Motegi: Firestone race report

Sharp takes history-making win at Motegi. The first Indy Racing League IndyCar competition conducted outside the United States is now in the history books, and Kelley Racing driver Scott Sharp (Dallara/Toyota/Firestone) is the winner. It was ...

Sharp takes history-making win at Motegi.

The first Indy Racing League IndyCar competition conducted outside the United States is now in the history books, and Kelley Racing driver Scott Sharp (Dallara/Toyota/Firestone) is the winner. It was Sharp's eight win in IRL competition and his first this season. The Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi saw plenty of action with 13 lead changes, and an exciting duel between second-place finisher Kenny Brack (Dallara/Honda/Firestone) and Felipe Giaffone (G-Force/Toyota), who finished third.

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Firestone Racing Project Supervisor: "We congratulate Scott and the Kelley Racing team for winning today's Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi. We saw a few more yellow caution flags than we would have liked, but with 13 lead changes and some laps at more than 200 mph, we also saw some good racing. Hundreds of Bridgestone Corporation associates and special guests were here for the race, and no one enjoyed the day more than Mr. Shigeo Watanabe, president of Bridgestone Corp. Watanabe-san was involved in the race ceremonies, including issuing the famous 'Drivers start your engines' command. He's been a tremendous supporter of the Firestone Racing program, and we're pleased he and other members of our parent company could see the Firehawk racing radials perform in Japan."

Quote from Race Winner Scott Sharp, Kelly Racing:  "The tires were
absolutely perfect, lap after lap!  They were great on the restarts and
with many laps on them as well.  Just absolutely perfect!"

Firestone Performance Award: For leading at lap 74 today in the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300, Scott Dixon will earn a $10,000 bonus check from the Firestone Racing program. The award celebrates Firestone tires being in all 74 Indy Racing League events conducted since the first event in 1996. Dixon will pick up his paycheck next month at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Race temperatures ranged from 114 to 78 degrees (F) track and 81 to 72 degrees (F) ambient.
Race temperatures ranged from 46 to 26 degrees (C) track and 27 to 22 degrees (C) ambient.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Scott Sharp , Scott Dixon , Kenny Brack