IRL: Nazareth: Firestone race report

Wheldon Drives Home a Victory for Andretti Green in its Home Race Dan Wheldon kept the Andretti Green Racing team perfect on Indy Racing League short ovals in 2005, driving to victory in today's Firestone Indy 225. The triumph allowed AGR to ...

Wheldon Drives Home a Victory for Andretti Green in its Home Race

Dan Wheldon kept the Andretti Green Racing team perfect on Indy Racing League short ovals in 2005, driving to victory in today's Firestone Indy 225. The triumph allowed AGR to complete a sweep of all five short ovals this year and gave team co-owner Michael Andretti a very special victory at the track in his hometown.

Wheldon, in the Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda on Firestone tires, edged teammate Tony Kanaan out of the pits on lap 147 and led the rest of the way to collect his third victory of the season. Afterward, Wheldon credited the grip of the Firestone tires on the tricky Nazareth oval for helping him hold off teammates Kanaan and Dario Franchitti for the victory.

"Nazareth is the most difficult track for me," Wheldon said, "but my Firestone tires were very, very consistent and I think they gave me a little bit more grip than everybody else - and certainly toward the end, which is what I love about the Firestone product."

Firestone Performance Award winner, Helio Castroneves: Firestone is the only tire supplier to compete in all 100 Indy Racing League events, with 83 race winners driving to victory lane on Firehawk racing radials. Firestone is commemorating that lofty status all season with the Firestone Performance Award, a $10,000 bonus going to the race leader on the lap that corresponds with the total number of IndyCar Series races that day. Today's bonus winner was Team Penske's Helio Castroneves, the leader at lap 100.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "What a tremendous day for Firestone, the Indy Racing League and Andretti Green Racing! The Firestone Indy 225 provided plenty of excitement on this landmark occasion, the 100th event for both the IRL and Firestone. And for Dan Wheldon, Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti to bring home a 1-2-3 finish for Andretti Green on Michael Andretti's home track is the icing on the cake. We're proud of our relationships with both the AGR team and the league as a whole, and we look forward to Firestone competing in the next 100 races and more."

Race temperatures ranged from 112 to 120 degrees track and from 91 to 93 degrees ambient (F).

Race temperatures ranged from 44 to 49 degrees track and from 33 to 34 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Michael Andretti , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam
Teams Team Penske