IRL: St. Pete: Firestone race report

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Albert Whitted Airport/Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. Sunday, April 1, 2007 -- Round 2 of 17 * Top-5 Finishers: 1. Helio Castroneves; 2. Scott Dixon; 3....

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT
IndyCar Series Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Albert Whitted Airport/Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Sunday, April 1, 2007 -- Round 2 of 17

* Top-5 Finishers: 1. Helio Castroneves; 2. Scott Dixon; 3. Tony Kanaan; 4. Marco Andretti; 5. Dario Franchitti.

* Temperature ranges (F): Race temperatures ranged from 124 to 120 degrees track and were a constant 80 degrees ambient.

* Temperature ranges (C): Race temperatures ranged from 51 to 49 degrees track and a constant 27 degrees ambient.

Firestone Tire Performance Summary: Firestone brought the same tire specification to St. Pete as in 2006, and it performed well as expected. The Firehawks displayed their customary excellent durability, allowing front-runners Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon to push each other to the finish and Tony Kanaan to battle his way from the back of the pack to the podium.

From Helio Castroneves, Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was incredible, especially the Firestone tires. My car was getting better and better through the race. Not so much on new tires, but on old tires, whew! Awesome!"

From Tony Kanaan, Andretti Green Racing 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The Firestone tires held up really well. When you abuse them like I did, even as good as you guys make a tire, at the end they're going to go off and there's nothing you can do about it. I have to say I'm pretty pleased. I had to charge the whole race and when you put them to extremes like that, that's when you tell how good a tire is. They couldn't be any better."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "It was another picture-perfect day at the races and the Firehawks performed exceptionally well. Congratulations to Helio and Team Penske for a hard-earned victory. Also, congratulations to Andretti Green Promotions for building the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg into a tremendous event on the schedule. We saw a great turnout of very enthusiastic fans today and we couldn't be happier."

-credit: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Marco Andretti
Teams Team Penske