Long Beach: Firestone Racing qualifying report

FIRESTONE FAST SIX QUALIFYING REPORT IZOD IndyCar Series - Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach, Calif. Saturday, April 17, 2010 - Round 4 of 17 "Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (mph): 1. Will Power (102.206); 2. Ryan ...

FIRESTONE FAST SIX QUALIFYING REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Streets of Long Beach, Calif.
Saturday, April 17, 2010 - Round 4 of 17

"Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (mph): 1. Will Power (102.206); 2. Ryan Hunter-Reay (101.573); 3. Justin Wilson (101.510); 4. Helio Castroneves (101.433); 5. Ryan Briscoe (101.175); 6. Tony Kanaan (100.978).

Firestone qualifying highlight: Pole winner Will Power displayed the value of new Firestone alternate tires. Able to save a set of brand new Firehawk "reds" for the Firestone Fast Six round, Power lapped the streets of Long Beach more than four-tenths of a second quicker than the competition and win his third pole of the season.

Qualifying temperatures: Track temperatures ranged from 102°-107° F (39°-42° C) and ambient temperatures from 74°-79° F (23°-26° C).

From pole winner Will Power, #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "Our aim was to get through the first session on blacks (Firestone primary tires), then in the second session to save a set of reds for the Firestone Fast Six, which we did. It was pretty straightforward from there. We had the speed and put a real neat lap together, and we're starting up front again. The Firestone reds were really hooked up today and the blacks are really durable. It's a really nice tire."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Congratulations to Will Power on his third consecutive pole position and to Team Penske for putting all three of its drivers in the Firestone Fast Six. Will and his crew were fortunate enough to keep back a new set of Firehawk alternate tires for the Firestone Fast Six segment and they rewarded him with a great run to the pole. For Will to take the top spot by nearly a half-second in this competitive of a field shows just how hooked up he is right now, and just how important the extra grip from a new set of Firestone 'reds' can be. Both the alternate and primary Firehawks appear to be working well this weekend and should help in making another exciting race tomorrow by use of varying tire strategies."

-source: firestone racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Tony Kanaan , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Ryan Briscoe , Will Power
Teams Team Penske