Chicagoland: Firestone Racint race report

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT IndyCar Series - Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 Chicagoland Speedway - Joliet, Illinois Saturday, August 29, 2009 - Round 15 of 17 Top-5 Finishers: 1. Ryan Briscoe; 2. Scott Dixon; 3. Mario Moraes; 4. Dario...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT
IndyCar Series - Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300
Chicagoland Speedway - Joliet, Illinois
Saturday, August 29, 2009 - Round 15 of 17

Top-5 Finishers: 1. Ryan Briscoe; 2. Scott Dixon; 3. Mario Moraes; 4. Dario Franchitti; 5. Graham Rahal.

Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 63?-60? F (17?-16? C) and ambient from 60?-59 ?F (16?-15?C).

Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Despite chilly, windy conditions, the new Firehawk tire specification for Chicagoland performed spectacularly, promoting exciting tire-to-tire racing from start to finish. Drivers were able to take their cars wherever they needed on the track, and Ryan Briscoe relied on his Firehawks to carve his way to the front and take the win by 0.0077 of a second.

From race winner Ryan Briscoe, #6 Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The Firehawks were great, really held up to the cold conditions and were very consistent over a long run. No complaints."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "We weren't sure if last year's great Chicagoland finish could be duplicated, but it sure was tonight! It was an incredible night of racing from the drop of the green flag to start the race to the checkered flag at the end. We know the Firestone tires had a great deal to do with that. Even though it was a cold August night, the Firehawks gave the drivers the grip and consistency to run hard every single lap, and to maneuver their cars anywhere necessary to make those daring passes. What's amazing is that the top 13 finishers were closer together at the end of 300 miles (separated by 0.82 of a second) than they were at the beginning of the race. It says a lot for the tires that all the drivers felt so comfortable running two- and three-wide and so closely packed all night."

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 tonight's race are: Ryan Briscoe, for his perfectly timed winning pass on the next-to-last lap; Mario Moraes, for an impressive drive to a career-best third-place finish; and Graham Rahal, for challenging for the win before finishing a blink of the eye back in fifth. Fans can vote through Wednesday at www.indycar.com to determine the recipient. This award winner will be named at the Sept. 19 race at Twin Ring Motegi. In pre-race ceremonies tonight, Mike Conway was presented the Tire-ific award for his last-lap pass for third place last week at Infineon Raceway.

-credit: firestone racing

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