St. Pete: Firestone race report

Firestone Tire Performance Recap: For the first time on an IndyCar Series temporary street circuit, the Firehawk rain tires were put into use and performed phenomenally until teams went to the slick, dry-condition tires for the last half of the ...

Firestone Tire Performance Recap: For the first time on an IndyCar Series temporary street circuit, the Firehawk rain tires were put into use and performed phenomenally until teams went to the slick, dry-condition tires for the last half of the race. Runner-up Helio Castroneves demonstrated the tires' incredible durability, using one set of rains and one set of slicks for the entire race.

From Graham Rahal, #06 Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I don't think it's hit me yet, it's happened so quick. Even part of the way through the race, I wasn't thinking it was possible. It worked out quite well and it's sweeter than you can believe. The Firestone tires worked great, especially the dry tires when we got back to green there. They came in pretty quick and, I tell you what, they were dead consistent over the whole run. I had a couple lock-ups and it was never an issue with the tires. Even when it was drying and we were on the rain tires, I was very impressed with the way they held up. Awfully impressed with Firestone!"

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "What an awesome day. Andretti Green Promotions does a fabulous job of running the race. With all of the Firestone signs and other exposure elements, it's clear that we have a major involvement in the race, including Firehawk tires on all of the IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights cars. Graham Rahal drove a great race and is an extremely popular winner. Our congratulations go to Graham and all of the Newman/Haas/Lanigan team. Graham ran two sets of wets and one set of dries, and they confidently carried him to victory. We couldn't be prouder of the tire performance today."

Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: This $10,000 prize will be 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: Graham Rahal, for running the final 38 laps on a set of Firestone slicks and pulling away for the win; Helio Castroneves, for taking fuel only on his last stop to put him in contention, and also putting 38 laps on his set of Firehawk slicks; and Enrique Bernoldi, for being among the first to go so slicks, which helped climb from 18th starting position to finish fifth. Fans can vote Monday-Wednesday on www.indycar.com to determine the recipient, and today's winner will be named at the next race.

Race Temperatures: Ranged from 83°-91° F (28°-33° C) track and from 76-79°F (24-26° C) ambient.

-credit: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Enrique Bernoldi , Helio Castroneves , Graham Rahal