IRL: Texas: Firestone race report

Kanaan Takes Checkered Flag, Points Lead at Texas Tony Kanaan took the checkered flag under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway to pick up his second victory of the season and continue Andretti Green Racing's domination of the 2004 IndyCar ...

Kanaan Takes Checkered Flag, Points Lead at Texas

Tony Kanaan took the checkered flag under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway to pick up his second victory of the season and continue Andretti Green Racing's domination of the 2004 IndyCar Series season. Kanaan clearly had the best car of the field and survived a typically wild TMS race to finish just ahead of teammate Dario Franchitti, giving Andretti Green its second 1-2 finish of the season.

The Firestone Race Tire Development team brought a brand new specification to Texas this season, and there was unanimous approval from teams and drivers for the new tire, which ran well all weekend. The durability of the newest Firehawk in the Firestone inventory was displayed late in the race as all of the frontrunners took their last pit stop without changing tires, taking only a splash of fuel, confident that their tires would get them to the checkered flag.

"The Firestones were perfect," said Kanaan. "I have to say the tires lasted so long 0x2022 we did a stint and a half on one set of tires, and that's what made us win this race. We just put fuel in at the end and the tires were great."

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Yet another awesome IRL race at Texas Motor Speedway. We saw some incredibly close racing tonight 0x2022 at times maybe too close, with several cars touching wheels throughout the race. But we're particularly pleased with the universal praise drivers have had for our latest Firestone Firehawk, which was newly developed for this year's Texas race. Tony Kanaan was really strong all night long and is a very deserving winner of this demanding race. Texas not only provides thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing, but a big challenge for us as a tire manufacturer, and it's tests like these that continually help us to make better tires."

Race temperatures ranged from 92 to 108 degrees track and from 88 to 90 degrees ambient (F).

Race temperatures ranged from 33.3 to 42.2 degrees track and from 31.1 to 32.2 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan