Race Temperatures: Ranged from 110-100o. F (43-38o.C) track and from 88-84o.F (31-29o.C) ambient. Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone collected its 150th IndyCar Series victory today with the same Detroit tire specification as used last...
Race Temperatures: Ranged from 110-100o. F (43-38o.C) track and from 88-84o.F (31-29o.C) ambient.
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone collected its 150th IndyCar Series victory today with the same Detroit tire specification as used last year. Durability was never in question, and proven by winner Justin Wilson, who ran the fastest race lap near the end on the 29th lap of a stint (60 miles).
From Justin Wilson, #02 McDonald's Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was a tough race and a lot going on for relatively little overtaking on track. We just had to keep working on the fuel mileage and the final yellow saved us. Then we could race for the win. The Firestones were working great. We just got more and more grip as we went on, and that's a great feeling for a driver - to feel the car saving you and holding you in on all these bends. It was a lot of fun. If there was a downside to the tires, it's that they had so much grip that I couldn't do donuts at the end. The car just went forward instead of spinning."
From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "What an uplifting win for Justin and the entire Newman/Haas/Lanigan team. Justin wasn't even sure what kind of car he would have after he only ran two laps this morning, but he showed what a competitor he is by driving hard and strong the entire race. Once he took the lead, he let us all see just how strong his car and Firestone tires were. He laid down qualifying-pace laps as he pulled away at the end, including the race's fastest lap just two laps before the finish. The Detroit Indy Grand Prix Presented by Firestone has been another smashing success for our company and brand. The Penske group did another sensational promotional job and Belle Isle gets better each time we come back. Firestone can't wait to return here on Labor Day weekend in 2009."
Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: This $10,000 prize is awarded after each IndyCar Series race to the driver who best utilizes his or her Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. This week's nominees are: A.J. Foyt IV for driving to a solid 10th-place finish; Bruno Junqueira for a spectacular climb from 24th starting position to finish seventh; and Justin Wilson for overcoming an ill-handling car in the morning to get his first series win. Fans can vote through Wednesday at www.indycar.com to determine the recipient, and the "Tire-ific" award winner will be named at the next event. Prior to today's race, Helio Castroneves was named winner of the "Tire-ific" award from the August 24 race at Infineon Raceway, for his race to victory in a backup car after his primary car was lost in a transporter fire.