Toronto: Firestone Racing qualifying report

FIRESTONE FAST SIX QUALIFYING REPORT IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Indy Toronto Streets of Exhibition Place - Toronto, Ontario, Canada Saturday, July 17, 2010 - Round 10 of 17 "Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (mph): 1. Justin ...

FIRESTONE FAST SIX QUALIFYING REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Indy Toronto
Streets of Exhibition Place - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Saturday, July 17, 2010 - Round 10 of 17

"Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (mph): 1. Justin Wilson (104.827*); 2. Will Power (104.505); 3. Helio Castroneves (103.887); 4. Ryan Hunter-Reay (103.847); 5. Dario Franchitti (103.663); 6. Scott Dixon (103.652). (*-IZOD IndyCar Series track record)

Firestone qualifying highlight: Firestone Racing debuted a new black-sidewall primary tire specification for Toronto, and Justin Wilson relied solely on it to get him to the Firestone Fast Six shootout. From there, Wilson strapped on a set of red-sidewall alternate Firehawks and drove to his first pole position of the season and just the second in the 11-year history of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. A chart on the next page indicates the tire use by every driver in qualifying 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 103°-112 F (39°-44° C) and ambient temperatures from 81°-82° F (27°-28° C).

From pole winner Justin Wilson, #22 Z-Line Designs Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It's one of those weekends when the car's just been perfect. We opted not to use the Firestone reds in the first two rounds of qualifying. I was OK with the first round; the second round I was a little nervous, but the car was that fast that we pulled it off. I was really happy with the (primary) tire rather than the (alternate). We did one run (in the Firestone Fast Six) on the alternates and knocked another three or fourth tenths (of a second) off (from his best time on the primary tires), so the Firestone tires have felt great this weekend. It feels like there's a lot of grip out there and it's a lot of fun to drive."

From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "Big congratulations are in order for Justin Wilson. He is the first driver to reach the Firestone Fast Six without needing to use a set of the Firehawk alternate tires to get there, since the alternate program started last season in the IZOD IndyCar Series. It also ended the Penske Racing stranglehold on poles and gave a well-deserved pole to our longtime friends at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing. Justin's car is obviously quite fast on both the Firehawk primary and alternate tires, so he will be difficult to beat tomorrow. But Toronto has a knack for the unexpected, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens. In any case, we feel very good that the Firestone tires and the strategies revolving around their use will help to make for another exciting outcome."

-source: firestone racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Will Power
Teams Dreyer & Reinbold Racing , Team Penske