FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT IndyCar Series Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean Chicagoland Speedway - Joliet, Ill. Sunday, September 9, 2007 - Round 17 of 17 Top-5 Finishers: 1. Dario Franchitti; 2. Scott Dixon; 3. Sam Hornish ...
FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT
Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 presented by Mr. Clean
Chicagoland Speedway - Joliet, Ill.
Sunday, September 9, 2007 - Round 17 of 17
Top-5 Finishers: 1. Dario Franchitti; 2. Scott Dixon; 3. Sam Hornish Jr.; 4. Helio Castroneves; 5. Scott Sharp.
Race Temperatures: Ranged from 115-107 F (46-42 C) track and a steady 81F (27 C) ambient.
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Based on testing at Chicagoland in June, Firestone engineers brought a tire specification for the left side of the car that raced previously this year at Homestead, Kansas and Texas. The right side tire was the same construction and compound used at this year's event in Kentucky, with slightly more tread gauge to provide longer wear life on the abrasive Chicagoland Speedway track. This combination provided the grip and durability drivers required throughout the intense event and as usual allowed several fuel-only pit stops.
From Dario Franchitti, #27 Team Canadian Club Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The tires were [darn] bloody great today! You know, I've been driving on Firestone tires for a long time now - for more than 12 years - and they've helped me win a lot of races. I guess the high points so far were winning this championship and the Indianapolis 500 on Firestone tires - those are some great memories from 2007."
From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "What a fitting end to the wild and competitive 2007 IndyCar Series season. I am so pleased that the tire we brought to this event held up so well and allowed the drivers to fight it out on the race track and really give it everything they had. Congratulations to Dario Franchitti for his first IndyCar Series championship and to Andretti Green Racing for their third in five years - quite an accomplishment! Of course we feel badly for Scott Dixon and Target Chip Ganassi Racing as they are a class organization as well. But there can be only one champion, and this was Dario's year. The IndyCar Series season may end today, but we are already moving forward towards 2008 with several tests planned in the next three months. So we are already looking forward to another great season next year."
Firestone Performance Award: Scott Dixon led lap 151 to claim the $10,000 Firestone Performance Award. The bonus is presented at each IndyCar Series race in recognition of Firestone's position as the only tire supplier to compete in every race in league history - a total of 151 races now. The award goes to the driver leading the lap number corresponding to the cumulative number of races in IndyCar Series history.