Kansas: Firestone Racing race report

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT IZOD IndyCar Series - Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 Kansas Speedway - Kansas City, Kans. Saturday, May 1, 2010 - Round 5 of 17 Top-5 Finishers: 1. Scott Dixon; 2. Dario Franchitti; 3. Tony Kanaan; 4. Helio...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - Road Runner Turbo Indy 300
Kansas Speedway - Kansas City, Kans.
Saturday, May 1, 2010 - Round 5 of 17

Top-5 Finishers: 1. Scott Dixon; 2. Dario Franchitti; 3. Tony Kanaan; 4. Helio Castroneves; 5. Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 83°-91° F (29°-33° C) and ambient from 67°- 69°F (20°-21°C).

Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone Racing engineers brought an all-new tire specification to Kansas Speedway. This tire was developed during testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway in early January. The track was a bit green and abrasive today, so tire wear was significant - particularly in the first stint. However, Danica Patrick was able to do extra laps on a single set of tires, and as the race progressed, tire wear became less and less of an issue.

From race winner Scott Dixon, #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The car was just so good today. The whole team and the car couldn't have gone any better. The Firestone tires were fantastic for me. I mean, we just didn't have any problem. I probably could have run them for about three stints - they were that good! So our car was hooked up."

From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "Congratulations to Target Chip Ganassi Racing for their fourth consecutive win at Kansas Speedway, and to Scott Dixon for two in a row here. That was just a really impressive performance from the Target team. In the first oval race of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season, our new Firestone Firehawk tire specification performed well. After the first pit stop, tires were showing 80 to 100 percent wear, but as the race went on, they got better and better. Ryan Briscoe had a bit of an issue in the middle of the race after losing a wheel forced him to utilize a scuffed set of tires that didn't last quite as long as a new set would have, but overall, Firestone Racing is very pleased with how our 1.5-mile superspeedway tire spec performed here today. Now bring on Indy!"

Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: This $10,000 prize is awarded after each IndyCar Series race to the driver best utilizing his or her Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. Nominees from today's race are: Scott Dixon, for leading the last 150 consecutive laps for a dominant victory; Tony Kanaan, for setting the fastest lap on lap 198 to pass Helio Castroneves for third; and Ryan Hunter-Reay, for advancing from 22nd to finish fifth. Fans can vote this week at www.indycar.com to determine the winner. In pre-race ceremonies today, Ryan Hunter-Reay was presented the Tire-ific award for his win two weeks ago in Long Beach.

-source: firestone racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Ryan Briscoe , Chip Ganassi , Danica Patrick
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing