IRL: Texas: Firestone race report

Firestone Tire Performance Summary: Firestone engineers selected the same tire specification for Texas that was used earlier this season at Homestead and Kansas. It featured a tread compound with improved grip from the 2006 Firehawk spec used at...

Firestone Tire Performance Summary: Firestone engineers selected the same tire specification for Texas that was used earlier this season at Homestead and Kansas. It featured a tread compound with improved grip from the 2006 Firehawk spec used at Texas, and the new tire was highly praised for the added grip that gave the drivers confidence to run side-by-side all night long.

From Sam Hornish Jr., Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "Tonight, we had the kind of car that you hope to have wherever you go. It would run wherever I wanted to put it, it ran well in traffic and it ran well by ourselves. The Firestone tires stuck exactly where we needed them to be. We struggled a little bit earlier in the year to get a grip with the new compound (for the 1.5-mile tracks), but this is the first race this year where we really felt we had a handle on it. The tires were super-consistent all night long and just what we needed them to be."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Once again we saw an exciting race at Texas Motor Speedway with incredible tire-to-tire racing throughout the night. Many drivers credited the Firestone tire we brought this weekend for returning that excitement to this event, and we're pleased to have played a role in it. The added grip from the Firehawks gave the drivers added confidence to race closely, and the durability of the tires was never in question as teams consistently put more than 40 laps on a set with no wear issues. We're happy for Sam Hornish Jr., Team Penske and all the fans who saw another Texas thriller."

Firestone Performance Award: Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing earned the $10,000 prize tonight for leading lap 141. The award commemorates Firestone's status as the only tire manufacturer to have participated in every IndyCar Series race. It is given to the driver leading the lap corresponding to the cumulative number of races in series history.

-credit: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing