IRL: St. Pete: Firestone qualifying report

Franchitti Finishes First in 'Firestone Fast Six' Qualifying Back on a beloved street circuit and with the familiarity of the Firestone Firehawk tires underneath him, Dario Franchitti made it look easy today in winning the "Firestone Fast Six"...

Franchitti Finishes First in 'Firestone Fast Six' Qualifying

Back on a beloved street circuit and with the familiarity of the Firestone Firehawk tires underneath him, Dario Franchitti made it look easy today in winning the "Firestone Fast Six" shootout for the pole position. The Andretti Green Racing driver did it in record fashion with a track-standard lap of 104.054 mph. It is the third pole of Franchitti's IndyCar Series career and, including his stint in Championship Auto Racing Teams competition, marks the 13th time he's swept the top qualifying spot on Firestone tires.

* From Dario Franchitti, Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "Straight off the truck, the Klein Tools/Jim Beam car has been fast. We were running the Firestone tires full stints in practice and were still able to do very competitive times; times that would have stood up well in qualifying. I want to thank Firestone for that. I've always loved the Firestone street-course tire and I love the street courses."

* Firestone Tire Performance Summary: Firestone brought its highest-grip ("softest") tire of its entire IndyCar Series inventory to St. Pete. It features the highest-grip compound and softest sidewall construction, necessary for the slower turns and quick acceleration seen on temporary street circuits. Each car receives eight sets of Firehawks to use during the weekend. The six cars participating in the Firestone Fast Six receive an additional set that must be returned following that session.

* From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Dario certainly looked in control out there today and put up impressive lap times to win the Firestone Fast Six and the pole position. Best of all from our vantage point, he said the Firehawk tires are performing well in short runs as well as long runs. Our engineering group made a slight compound change for the St. Pete tire from last year and all is looking good for Sunday's race."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Jim Beam