Iowa: Firestone race report

Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone engineers brought the same compound as last year on all four tires but made construction changes at each position in order to increase grip. The tires performed well throughout the race, offering the...

Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone engineers brought the same compound as last year on all four tires but made construction changes at each position in order to increase grip. The tires performed well throughout the race, offering the rare mix of plenty of grip while giving drivers the durability they needed to do double stints.

From Dan Wheldon, #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "What an awesome job by everyone at Target Chip Ganassi Racing! Obviously our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the flooding in Iowa - it's devastating. Hopefully they were proud of the show we put on and it put a smile on their faces. My Firestone Firehawks gave me some good grip today, because I did some miles on this last set!"

From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "What a great victory today - not only for Dan Wheldon and Target Chip Ganassi Racing, but for the people of Iowa, since the Ganassi drivers will be donating their prize money from this event to flood relief efforts. And what a difference a year makes - with the warmer temperatures for this race compared to 2007, the construction changes that our engineers made in order to increase grip really did the job. When you think that the cars are constantly running over 180 mph on a track that's not even a mile long, you can imagine the stress that puts on the tires. But the Firestone Firehawks not only provided plenty of grip for passing and side-by-side racing today, they also lasted long enough for teams to have the confidence to run them for more than one stint."

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: Dan Wheldon, for running 90 laps on a single set of Firehawks and taking the win; AJ Foyt IV, for outstanding passes all race long; and John Andretti, for charging from his 23rd-place starting position to run with the leaders for much of the race. Fans can vote this Monday-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, Ryan Briscoe was named winner of the "Tire-ific" award from the June 7 Texas race, for charging from the back of the field not once, but twice.

Race Temperatures: Ranged from 109o.-122o. F (43o.-50o. C) track and from 79-81o.F (26-27o. C) ambient.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers John Andretti , Dan Wheldon , Ryan Briscoe , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing