Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone brought its race-proven Indy tire specification and, despite extensive rain this month, the Firehawk tires again performed flawlessly. Tire durability was never a question during today's race. The same...
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone brought its race-proven Indy tire specification and, despite extensive rain this month, the Firehawk tires again performed flawlessly. Tire durability was never a question during today's race. The same spec was used last year at Indianapolis.
From Scott Dixon, #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I think the month went so smooth that you were waiting for something to go wrong. I can't believe we got here and nothing went wrong. The Firestone tires were fantastic today - almost too much grip towards the end. They were very consistent all day long. That was the least of our worries; the Firestones were fantastic."
From Chip Ganassi, owner, Target Chip Ganassi Racing: "It's been a while, but it's great to be back in victory circle. You forget what it's like to win races here, but you know why you come back. This is a special place, special time. The tire performance was fabulous, real consistent. The first thing Dixon said when he got out of the car was how good the tires were."
From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Congratulations to Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Scott Dixon drove a great race today and is a very deserving winner, as he showed a strong performance all month long. The Indy 500 is known for surprises and races where the fastest car sometimes doesn't win, but today, Scott put it all together and won the race that is many times the highlight in a driver's career. We were very pleased with the Firestone Firehawk tire performance. The tires provided both very competitive racing and excellent tire wear. Scott becomes the 59th winner to drive into the Indy 500 victory circle on Firestone tires, and now we'll start looking to next year to see who will become the 60th Firestone winner."
Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: This $20,000 prize will be awarded to the driver who best utilized his or her Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the Indianapolis 500. The nominees are: Vitor Meira, for threading the needle to go from third place to first on a lap 160 restart; Ryan Hunter-Reay, for making a bold move to pass Hideki Mutoh for position in a battle of the top rookies; and Scott Dixon, for combining speed, consistency and perfection to win the Indy 500. Fans can vote this Monday-Wednesday on www.indycar.com to determine the recipient, and the "Tire-ific" award winner will be named at the June 1 race at Milwaukee.
Race Temperatures: Ranged from 95-104 F (35-40 C) track and from 75-79F (24-26 C) ambient.