Sao Paulo: Firestone Motorsports qualifying report

FIRESTONE FAST SIX QUALIFYING REPORT IZOD IndyCar Series - Sao Paulo Indy 300 Streets of Sao Paulo - Sao Paulo, Brazil Sunday, March 14, 2010 - Round 1 of 17 "Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (time): 1. Dario Franchitti (1:27.7354); 2....

FIRESTONE FAST SIX QUALIFYING REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - Sao Paulo Indy 300
Streets of Sao Paulo - Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sunday, March 14, 2010 - Round 1 of 17

"Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (time): 1. Dario Franchitti (1:27.7354); 2. Alex Tagliani (1:27.7676); 3. Justin Wilson (1:27.8183); 4. Ryan Hunter-Reay (1:27.8756); 5. Will Power (1:28.0156); 6. Tony Kanaan (1:28.6946).

Firestone qualifying highlight: With qualifying postponed overnight to allow grinding of a slick concrete area of track, the battle for the pole took place on race morning. Reigning series champion Dario Franchitti took top honors, with Alex Tagliani making a splendid drive to second in his debut with the maiden FAZZT Race Team.

Qualifying temperatures: Track temperatures ranged from 93°-109° F (34°-44° C) and ambient temperatures from 83°-87° F (28°-30° C).

From pole winner Dario Franchitti, #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The tires have been good all weekend, it was just an impossible situation with that surface yesterday. Today it's great. The tires are lasting very, very well The track itself loses grip when it gets really hot, but the tires are lasting very, very well. I'd almost like a little bit softer tire."

From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "We want to commend the IZOD IndyCar Series and Brazil track officials for making the bold but necessary decision to delay qualifying overnight so that the track area in question could be fixed. As the drivers all said, it was not a tire situation but the fact that the area on the front straight was just too smooth and provided no friction to create grip. With the overnight grinding, that area looks good to go for the race today. The Firehawk tires, both the primary and alternate specifications, performed quite well this morning and we're looking forward to an exciting race this afternoon with key strategies revolving around the drivers' use of the black-sidewall primaries and softer red-sidewall alternates."

-source: firestone motorsports

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Alex Tagliani , Dario Franchitti , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Chip Ganassi , Will Power
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , FAZZT Race Team