FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - MoveThatBlock.com Indy 225
New Hampshire Motor Speedway - Loudon, N.H.
Sunday, August 14, 2011 - Round 12 of 17
Sunday's Top Finishers: 1. Ryan Hunter-Reay; 2. Oriol Servia; 3. Scott Dixon; 4. James Hinchcliffe; 5. Will Power.
Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 75°-73° F (24°-23° C) and ambient from 88°-77° F (31°-25° C).
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone Racing supplied the same short-oval tire specification as used at Milwaukee in June, and the Firehawks performed sensationally in the dry conditions prior to the light but persistent rain that eventually ended the race 10 laps shy of the intended distance. Will Power trusted the Firehawks' durability when he raced 79 laps (81 miles) on a single set of tires midway through the event, helping put him in contention. Race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay raved about the tires' grip that helped him to victory.
From race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, #28 Team DHL/Circle K/Sun Drop Citrus Soda Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The Firestone tires were awesome. They had very, very little fall-off through the whole life of the tire. The front grip was just amazing; best grip I've ever had on an oval. My driving style needs grip late in the corner and the Firestones gave it to me. It was awesome. Really good tires. The Firestone (oval) tires have a great contact patch but they're not designed to run in the rain, so there was no grip out there at all once the track got wet."
From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "They'll certainly be talking about this race for quite a while. Unusual finish aside, there was so much exciting racing and passing throughout the field before the rain, it was almost non-stop. Mile ovals are known for that and New Hampshire didn't disappoint today. As Ryan Hunter-Reay said, the great grip that the Firehawks delivered provided a big assist in many of those moves. The tires also showed they had the longevity for full stints. Providing a race tire with both excellent grip and durability is Firestone's goal for every race, and it sounds as if we accomplished it again today."
Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: This $10,000 prize is awarded after each IndyC