Mid-Ohio: Firestone race report

Originally-From: Bridgestone Firestone Motorsports <elkinsdarla@bfusa.com> FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT IndyCar Series - Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Lexington, Ohio Sunday, August 9, 2009 - Round 13 of ...

Originally-From: Bridgestone Firestone Motorsports <elkinsdarla@bfusa.com>

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT
IndyCar Series - Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Lexington, Ohio
Sunday, August 9, 2009 - Round 13 of 17

Top-5 Finishers: 1. Scott Dixon; 2. Ryan Briscoe; 3. Dario Franchitti; 4. Ryan Hunter-Reay; 5. Hideki Mutoh.

Race Temperatures: Track temperatures ranged from 113°-116° F (45°-47° C) track and ambient ranged from 87°- 89°F (31°- 32°C).

Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone Racing brought all-new primary and alternate tire specifications and they did what they were supposed to do, and more. The black-sidewall primary spec lasted without issue and allowed race winner Scott Dixon to clock the race's fastest lap (which was nearly three-quarters of a second faster than anyone else today) on tires that were 30 laps/67.7 miles old. The red-sidewall alternates provided the speed advantage as expected, but Marco Andretti underlined the reds' durability by racing the entire second half of the event (43 laps/97.1 miles) on a single set. The accompanying chart outlines tire use today for all drivers.

From race winner Scott Dixon, #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was a tough race. They definitely kept on top of me today on the radio, 'Keep pushing.' And by all means, even on the reds, the Firestones could take it. I cruised there behind Briscoe for a while and then when I needed to pick up the speed, the tires were there. It was a lot of laps (31 on the first stint) for a soft tire and they hung in, stayed under us. The primary tire lasted a bit longer and you could abuse it a little more, but the reds were definitely strong."

From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "What an impressive drive today for Scott Dixon, and he truly maximized the use of both his Firestone primary and alternate tires. He showed how well the alternate reds held up by going longer than anyone on that opening stint, and running some of his best laps at the end of it. That's what put him in position to pass Justin Wilson for the lead and go on to win. And how about the job Marco Andretti did, running the whole second half of the race on a single set of Firehawk reds to help him finish sixth? It speaks highly of the alternates, which featured a new variation this weekend with the right-side tires a little softer than the left sides. Not everyone earned the same great wear rate as Marco, but we're very pleased with the performance of both the primary and alternate specs this weekend."

Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: This $10,000 prize is awarded after each IndyCar Series race to the driver who best utilizes his or her Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. This week's nominees are: Marco Andretti, for going the second half of the race on one set of alternates to finish sixth; Scott Dixon, for using a perfect racing pick to pass for the lead on lap 37; and Ryan Hunter-Reay, for a very strong drive to fourth place. A fan vote this week at www.indycar.com will determine the recipient and the award winner will be named August 23 at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. During pre-race ceremonies today, Sarah Fisher received the award for her solid drive to 12th place last weekend at Kentucky.

-credit: firestone motorsports

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Sarah Fisher , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Ryan Briscoe , Marco Andretti , Chip Ganassi , Hideki Mutoh
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing