Race Temperatures: Ranged from 80-o.85o. F (27-30o. C) ambient and from 91-117o.F (33-47o. C) track. Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone brought the same specification dry and wet tires to Mid-Ohio last year. All cars started the race...
Race Temperatures: Ranged from 80-o.85o. F (27-30o. C) ambient and from 91-117o.F (33-47o. C) track.
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone brought the same specification dry and wet tires to Mid-Ohio last year. All cars started the race on wet tires, and as the track quickly dried, switched to slicks. Both specifications performed well - particularly the slicks, as Bruno Junqueira ran a very extended stint on one set.
From Ryan Briscoe, #6 Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The Team Penske car was just awesome today. Roger [Penske] put us on a great strategy. I was really happy with the Firestone Firehawks. I put the wet ones to the test in dry conditions at the beginning of the race - I probably should have come in for slicks sooner. But I was very happy with the tires, and they were very consistent all day long."
From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "We saw huge variations in track conditions and temperatures today, and we saw great moves by drivers on Firestone Firehawk tires under all circumstances. As a tire manufacturer, Firestone Racing always likes to demonstrate our tires' performance capabilities under extreme conditions, and we certainly accomplished that at Mid-Ohio. From the start of the race with the tires displacing gallons of water from the wet track, to differing strategies of when to switch to slicks under drying conditions, to the final stages of the race where drivers were putting lap after lap on their Firehawks to gain as much of an advantage as possible, our tires stood up well to just about every challenge you could imagine."
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: Justin Wilson, for a smooth pass of Helio Castroneves for the lead while on wet tires (lap four); Bruno Junqueira, for rolling the dice and putting 41 laps on a single set of slick Firehawks; and Scott Dixon, for his high-speed pass of Will Power through the kink that led to his podium finish. Fans can vote through Wednesday at www.indycar.com to determine the recipient, and the "Tire-ific" award winner will be named at the next event. Prior to today's race, Helio Castroneves was named winner of the "Tire-ific" award from the July 12 Nashville race, for his pass of Tony Kanaan on the last restart.