IRL: Sears Point: Firestone race report

Firestone Race Highlight: Scott Dixon swept the permanent road courses on the IndyCar Series schedule for 2007, winning at Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio and Infineon. The latter two of those victories came on the same Firehawk tire specification, the ...

Firestone Race Highlight: Scott Dixon swept the permanent road courses on the IndyCar Series schedule for 2007, winning at Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio and Infineon. The latter two of those victories came on the same Firehawk tire specification, the "softest" of Firestone's road-course inventory.

Firestone Performance Award: Scott Dixon led lap 66 to claim the Firestone Performance Award. The $10,000 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 - a total of 149 races now. The award normally goes to the driver leading the lap number corresponding to the cumulative number of races in IndyCar Series history, but with today's race only 80 laps long, the prize was awarded when the 149th race mile was completed.

Firestone Tire Performance Summary: Firestone brought back a proven commodity to Infineon Raceway, returning with the same Firehawk tire specification that was used here in 2006. The identical spec also was used earlier this season at Mid-Ohio.

From Scott Dixon, #9 Target Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The road courses are definitely our key. The Firestone tires for us have been extremely consistent. The only difficult part has been us trying to figure out how to gain more grip on our cars compared to some of the other guys. The tires this weekend were definitely the least of our problems. They were always very consistent and perfect for us."

From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "It's safe to say we can call Scott Dixon the 'King of the Road' now since he's taken wins at all three permanent road courses this year. Scott ran hard all day and took advantage when the door was opened for him to take the lead late. This was quite a physical day for drivers and equipment alike, with the first three-quarters of the race run without a caution. The Firehawk tires held up extremely well under those circumstances, as we were confident they would. Scott's taken the championship lead but it's going to be an incredible battle these last two races on two distinctly different tracks - the street circuit at Belle Isle and the high-speed oval at Chicagoland. We're also confident that the Firestone tires we have ready for those events will help in bringing this great points duel to a fitting, exciting conclusion."

Race Temperatures: Ranged from 109-111 F (43-44 C) track and from 69-73 F (21-23 C) ambient.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon