Texas: Firestone race report

Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 94o.-89o. F (34o.-32o. C) and ambient from 90o.-86o. F (32o.-30o.C). Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone Racing brought a proven superspeedway tire specification (previously run at Kansas in April) ...

Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 94o.-89o. F (34o.-32o. C) and ambient from 90o.-86o. F (32o.-30o.C).

Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone Racing brought a proven superspeedway tire specification (previously run at Kansas in April) and it held up tremendously during the fast-paced event tonight that featured pedal to the metal racing for nearly all of the 228 laps.

From race winner Helio Castroneves, #3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was an incredible day for Team Penske. Having first and second in Texas is not easy, so that's a compliment for everyone. Great pit stops, the guys put me up front,s and in the end it was 50 laps, full throttle. The Firestone tires were fantastic. It was the 50 longest laps that I have to go through, but everything held up pretty well. After the last pit stop, I never lifted (off the throttle). It was just amazing, I just kept going through the whole stint without lifting. The tires were awesome, and without the whole combination, I wouldn't be able to do what I did."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Congratulations to Team Penske on an impressive 1-2 display tonight. Ryan Briscoe dominated the first 150 laps, then Helio Castroneves took over. There was plenty of the exciting racing that we've come to expect at Texas behind the leaders, but this was a night that the Penske drivers were not going to be denied. With just the two caution periods tonight, this race was flat out the entire way. The drivers were pushing themselves and their equipment to the limit, and the Firestone Firehawks rose to the challenge. These 1.5-mile, high-banked ovals are always challenging for the race tires, but we can confidently say that the Firehawks did the job once again."

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. Tonight's nominees are: Ryan Briscoe, who used his Firehawks to the fullest in building a commanding 12-second lead two-thirds through the race; Helio Castroneves, whose crew got him out of the pits first on the crucial final stop; and Danica Patrick, who made a breathtaking inside pass of Dan Wheldon for fifth place on lap 192. Fans can vote through Wednesday at www.indycar.com to determine the winner, who will be announced in pre-race ceremonies at Iowa on June 21. Prior to tonight's race, Scott Dixon received the "Tire-ifc" award for his late pass for the lead last week at Milwaukee.

-credit: firestone motorsports

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dan Wheldon , Ryan Briscoe , Danica Patrick
Teams Team Penske