Watkins Glen: Firestone qualifying report

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK QUALIFYING REPORT IndyCar Series - Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen Watkins Glen International - Watkins Glen, NY Saturday, July 4, 2009 - Round 9 of 17 "Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (mph): 1. Ryan Briscoe ...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK QUALIFYING REPORT
IndyCar Series - Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen
Watkins Glen International - Watkins Glen, NY
Saturday, July 4, 2009 - Round 9 of 17

"Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (mph): 1. Ryan Briscoe (136.935); 2. Justin Wilson (135.841); 3. Scott Dixon (135.209); 4. Mario Moraes (135.100); 5. Graham Rahal (134.871); 6. Dario Franchitti (no speed).

Firestone qualifying highlight: Alternate tires once again added a great deal of excitement to qualifying. Each car had two sets of "reds" at its disposal, and teams used varying strategies to advance through the knock-out rounds. The attached chart indicates tire usage for each driver through the qualifying session. This afternoon, teams will receive one additional set of new alternate tires that must be used for two green flag laps during tomorrow's race.

Qualifying temperatures: Temperatures ranged from 85°-99° F (29°-37° C) track (depending on cloud cover) and from 65°-66° F (18°C) ambient.

From pole winner Ryan Briscoe, #6 Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I'm so glad to get the pole - we really had a great car today. The Firestone red (alternate) tires made things tricky with strategy during qualifying, but for me, the reds were a lot of fun today!"

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "For our first permanent road course event of the season, the qualifying session, including the Firestone Fast Six shootout for the pole, was just as exciting at the two previous street circuit events on the schedule, thanks in no small part to the faster alternate Firestone Firehawk tires. We expected to see a pretty big gap in speed between the primary and alternate tires, and that proved true. Alternates were over a second a lap quicker than the primary tires. Congratulations to Ryan Briscoe and Team Penske for a hard-fought pole position."

-credit: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Graham Rahal , Ryan Briscoe , Mario Moraes
Teams Team Penske