Detroit: Firestone qualifying report

Firestone qualifying highlight: Scott Dixon was the only driver to improve his lap speed/time in the Firestone Fast Six compared to the second qualifying segment. Qualifying temperatures: Ranged from 90o.-99o. F (32o.-37o. C) track and ...

Firestone qualifying highlight: Scott Dixon was the only driver to improve his lap speed/time in the Firestone Fast Six compared to the second qualifying segment.

Qualifying temperatures: Ranged from 90o.-99o. F (32o.-37o. C) track and from 76o.-78o. F (24o.-26o. C) ambient.

From pole winner Scott Dixon, #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The Firestone tires have been really good this weekend, and the sidewalls have been really good, too, because I have definitely been using the sidewalls up a lot (brushing the walls). We've bent a lot of rims but the tires have still been sticking together. It's a tough track and definitely every set that we've had has been fantastic. The best thing is we've saved a lot of tires (for the race). We've been consistent on tires that have a lot of laps on them, which is always what you want."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "It was obvious from the way he was throwing his car around the racetrack that Scott Dixon wanted this pole very much. The fact that he was the only driver to go faster in the Firestone Fast Six than the second qualifying segment just shows how hard he was pushing, and his Firehawk tires definitely responded. But Helio Castroneves starts right alongside Dixon tomorrow, so we know it will be an exciting race as they battle for the championship. Fans in the stands and watching on TV will be able to keep tabs on the two contenders more easily with the Firestone 'Magic Rings' tires both will carry on their cars in the race. It should be a great race to cap off a great weekend at the Detroit Indy Grand Prix Presented by Firestone."

-credit: firestone

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing