Toronto: Firestone Racing race report

IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Indy Toronto Streets of Exhibition Place - Toronto, Ontario, Canada Sunday, July 18, 2010 - Round 10 of 17 Top-5 Finishers: 1. Will Power; 2. Dario Franchitti; 3. Ryan Hunter-Reay; 4. Tony Kanaan; 5. Graham ...

IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Indy Toronto
Streets of Exhibition Place - Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sunday, July 18, 2010 - Round 10 of 17

Top-5 Finishers: 1. Will Power; 2. Dario Franchitti; 3. Ryan Hunter-Reay; 4. Tony Kanaan; 5. Graham Rahal.

Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 115°-105° F (46°-41° C) and ambient from 79°- 78° F (26° C).

Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone brought a new primary specification tire to Toronto and it proved to be the tire of choice for most drivers today. Will Power was riding on the black-sidewall primary Firehawks when he made the decisive pass of Justin Wilson for the lead and win on a lap-72 restart. It is Power's fourth win this season and no other driver has more than one. (A chart detailing tire use by all drivers in today's race is attached.)

From race winner Will Power, #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I knew that restart would be really slippery. You could just feel the pick-up on the tires (during the caution laps) and we had a long yellow, so the tires were very cold. It was the only time I was going to get past him. Justin made a bit of a mistake and I made a move on the outside. I wasn't sure if I would be able to pull it off, but I was able to. The Firestone (alternate) reds were certainly really good on the first stint and the (primary) blacks held on quite well for the two long stints we had after that. Firestone did fantastic again."

From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "The streets of Toronto provided us with another thrilling and unpredictable race today. Congratulations to Will Power and the Verizon Team Penske crew for another great victory. Will showed his experience by backing off at the race start, even though he lost a few positions. He bided his time and worked his way back to the front, and the move he made to take the lead was terrific. Will had the confidence in his Firehawks to make that pass and they stuck for him. Overall, we are pleased with the performance of both the Firestone primary and alternate specs. The black-sidewall primes may have been the more popular choice this weekend, but the red-sidewall alternates held up quite well and even saw stints as long as 37 laps (about 65 miles) put on a set without issue.

Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: This $10,000 prize is awarded after each IndyCar Series race to the driver best utilizing his or her Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. Nominees from today's race are: Will Power, for his lap-72 pass of Justin Wilson to take the lead and go on to win; Graham Rahal, for a sensational drive from 14th to fifth place in his first race back with Newman/Haas Racing; and Justin Wilson, who after spinning out of contention for the win picked up five positions in as many laps to finish seventh. Fans can vote this week at www.indycar.com to determine the winner.

-source: firestone racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Graham Rahal , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Will Power
Teams Team Penske