Edmonton: Firestone Racing qualifying report

FIRESTONE FAST SIX QUALIFYING REPORT IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Indy Edmonton City Centre Airport - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Saturday, July 24, 2010 - Round 11 of 17 "Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (mph): 1. Will Power (116.991); 2.

FIRESTONE FAST SIX QUALIFYING REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Indy Edmonton
City Centre Airport - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Saturday, July 24, 2010 - Round 11 of 17

"Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (mph): 1. Will Power (116.991); 2. Helio Castroneves (116.843); 3. Scott Dixon (115.984); 4. Dario Franchitti (115.968); 5. Ryan Briscoe (115.719); 6. EJ Viso (115.282).

Firestone qualifying highlight: Firestone Racing debuted a new, durable black-sidewall primary tire specification for Edmonton, while the "softer" alternate tire is the same used earlier this season at Barber Motorsports Park. Will Power used a set of new alternate tires to set the fastest lap of the session. A chart on the next page indicates the tire use by every driver in qualifying today. By virtue of a new series rule, teams do not need to designate which dry-condition Firestone tire specification they intend to start the race on until after the Sunday morning warm-up session.

Qualifying temperatures: Track temperatures ranged from 106°-112 F (41-44° C) and ambient temperatures from 83°-84° F (28°-29° C).

From pole winner Will Power, #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The red alternate Firestone Firehawk tires were definitely quicker than the primaries. They certainly have a lot of grip! So, yep, the tires were really good today."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "There is quite a bit of difference in the two dry tire specifications Firestone Racing brought to Edmonton this year. Luckily for the spectators here we haven't had to use the rain tires yet this weekend, but it looked like we dodged a bullet during qualifying with storms moving in. The primary spec is a brand-new tire, and it seems to be very durable. The alternate is a few steps softer, so it's not going to last quite as long. A few drivers seem to think that they may not get very many optimum laps on the alternate tires, but I have a feeling that a few more of them will, so that will add a lot to tire strategy during tomorrow's race. As for today's qualifying session, I'd like to add my congratulations to rookie Simona de Silvestro for a great qualifying performance. She will start seventh tomorrow, her highest qualifying effort this season, and on what is likely the most physically demanding track."

-source: firestone racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Ryan Briscoe , Will Power , Simona de Silvestro , EJ Viso
Teams Team Penske