FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT IZOD IndyCar Series - Cafes do Brazil Indy 300 Homestead-Miami Speedway - Homestead, Fla. Saturday, October 2, 2010 - Round 17 of 17 Top-5 Finishers: 1. Scott Dixon; 2. Danica Patrick; 3. Tony Kanaan; 4. Ryan ...
FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - Cafes do Brazil Indy 300
Homestead-Miami Speedway - Homestead, Fla.
Saturday, October 2, 2010 - Round 17 of 17
Top-5 Finishers: 1. Scott Dixon; 2. Danica Patrick; 3. Tony Kanaan; 4. Ryan Briscoe; 5. Helio Castroneves.
Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 89o.-85o. F (32o.-29o. C), ambient from 87o.- 84o.F (31o.-29o. C).
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Long-time loyal Firestone team Target Chip Ganassi Racing won the battle and the war tonight. Ganassi driver Scott Dixon survived a frantic battle up front to win the race, while teammate Dario Franchitti finished eighth - good enough to capture his second straight and third overall IZOD IndyCar Series championship. It marks the eighth major open-wheel title for the Ganassi team (1996-99 in CART and 2003, '08, '09 and '10 in the IndyCar Series) - all coming on Firestone tires.
From race winner Scott Dixon, #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "Firestone is fantastic, you've got to give them a lot of credit for all the hard work they put in. The Firestone tires are something we can guarantee are going to be there to help us and pull us through, even when have a bad set-up. It's been a great year with them."
From series champion Dario Franchitti, #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We're here because every person at Team Target, from Chip right on down, has the same desire to win that Chip does. I've been with Firestone since 1995, with Bridgestone when I was over in Europe (in touring cars). I came over here in 1997 and every race I've won, every championship, has been with Firestone and with Honda. The engines perform flawlessly and the tires are great, we never worry about them."
From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "What an amazing way to finish an outstanding season. Once again there was plenty of good, hard, close racing, which underscores just how good the drivers, all the equipment and especially the tires are. It was great to see Danica Patrick and her teammate Tony Kanaan battling so closely at the end. Their competition alone gave the fans plenty to cheer about. Of course, we need to congratulate the entire Target Chip Ganassi Racing organization. Another win for Scott Dixon and a storybook second straight championship for Dario Franchitti. Firestone Racing would also like to congratulate everyone involved with the IZOD IndyCar and Firestone Indy Lights series. It truly is some of the best racing competition you'll see anywhere in the world."
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: Tony Kanaan, for charging hard all night before finishing third; Danica Patrick, for the lap 198 pass of Kanaan that led to her second-place finish; and Vitor Meira, for running solidly all night and finishing sixth. Fans can vote this week at www.indycar.com to determine the winner, who will be announced at week's end.