Molson Indy Toronto Firestone won its seventh PPG Indy Car World Series event of the season Sunday, but lost a good friend Arciero Wells Racing's Jeff Krosnoff, supported by Firestone, died on the ninety-second lap of the Molson Indy Toronto in...
Molson Indy Toronto
Firestone won its seventh PPG Indy Car World Series event of the season Sunday, but lost a good friend Arciero Wells Racing's Jeff Krosnoff, supported by Firestone, died on the ninety-second lap of the Molson Indy Toronto in a crash with Stefan Johannson and Andre Ribeiro. A track marshal, Gary Avrin, also lost his life in the accident
"We are very saddened over the tragic incident which cost Jeff Krosnoff his life," said Bridgestone/Firestone motorsports manager Al Speyer. "Jeff was a true professional and an excellent ambassador for our sport. We have lost a special person. You realize there is danger in our profession, however, you can never accept the emptiness a moment like this brings. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Tracy, his parents and the Arciero Wells racing team. Our sympathy is also extended to the family of Mr. Arvin."
Following the wreck Tasman Motorsports' Adrian Fernandez took the checkered flag under the red flag on the ninety-third lap of the 95 lap event. Fernandez edged Target/Chip Ganassi Racing's Alex Zanardi for his first career IndyCar victory and improves Firestone's record to 7 and 4 this season.
"This was a great victory for Adrian and Firestone," said Speyer. "It was evident at the end that Adrian and Alex had the race in control It's nice to be back in the winner's circle, very nice."
"The tires were awesome, they got better and better as the race went along," said Tasman Motorsports owner Steve Home. "Our biggest boost to victory were the Firestone tires and Honda engine."
Firestone made its strongest statement this season in qualifying as all cars on the first three rows were wearing Firehawks. Ribeiro started from the pole followed by: Zanardi, Fernandez, Patrick Racing's Scott Pruett and Brix Comptech Racing's Parker Johnstone. The Molson Indy Toronto also marked the fourth consecutive race a Firestone-equipped machine held down the front spot.
Rain fell during the early stage of practice on Saturday affording Firestone the opportunity to show progress made on its wet weather product. A new softer compound Firehawk proved successful during the session.
"Our drivers are pleased with the improvement we've made with our rain tire," said Speyer. "The word this weekend was Firestone didn't want it to rain. We preferred a dry race, but if it had been wet we would have been competitive. We're continuing development in this area and there's more to come."
The next stop on the IndyCar schedule is the Marlboro 500 July 28 at Michigan International Speedway. In last years run Pruett nipped Al Unser Jr. in the second closest race in modern Indy Car history, giving Firestone its first victory in its return to the sport.