Sonoma: Firestone Racing qualifying report

FIRESTONE FAST SIX QUALIFYING REPORT IZOD IndyCar Series - Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Infineon Raceway - Sonoma, Calif. Saturday, August 21, 2010 - Round 13 of 17 "Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (mph): 1. Will Power (108.337); 2. Helio ...

FIRESTONE FAST SIX QUALIFYING REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma
Infineon Raceway - Sonoma, Calif.
Saturday, August 21, 2010 - Round 13 of 17

"Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (mph): 1. Will Power (108.337); 2. Helio Castroneves (108.284); 3. Dario Franchitti (107.752); 4. Alex Tagliani (107.384); 5. Ryan Briscoe (107.379); 6. Scott Dixon (107.190).

Firestone qualifying highlight: Firestone Racing brought some of the softest tires in its road/street course lineup as the primary and alternate specifications for Infineon Raceway. In fact, the alternate tire on which Will Power set his fastest lap, is the softest road course tire Firestone Racing produces. A chart on the next page indicates the tire use by every driver in the Firestone Fast Six qualifying group today. By virtue of a new series rule, teams do not need to designate which dry-condition Firestone tire specification they intend to start the race on until after the Sunday morning warm-up session.

Qualifying temperatures: Track temperatures ranged from 109°-114 F (43-46° C) and ambient temperatures from 69°-71° F (21°-22° C).

From pole winner Will Power, #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The reds [alternate Firestone Firehawk tires] were very hooked up! I mean, there was a big difference between reds and blacks [primary Firestone Firehawk tires] today, and the red tires are awesome. They always are, but we've certainly got some soft ones for this race."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Its fitting that Will Power, the Mario Andretti Trophy winner for road/street courses this season, should win the pole on the final road course of the year. But his teammate Helio certainly gave him a run for his money right to the end. The alternate Firestone Firehawk tires were clearly faster than the primaries in today's shootout qualifying session, but the big question is how they will hold up during the race tomorrow. It will be very interesting to see how tire strategy plays out in this event."

-source: firestone racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Mario Andretti , Ryan Briscoe , Will Power
Teams Team Penske