IRL: Detroit: Firestone race report

Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone brought its midrange street-course compound to Detroit and it performed extremely well. So durable were the Firehawks that Tony Kanaan drove the final 40 laps (82.8 miles) on one set, Danica Patrick had...

Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone brought its midrange street-course compound to Detroit and it performed extremely well. So durable were the Firehawks that Tony Kanaan drove the final 40 laps (82.8 miles) on one set, Danica Patrick had a middle stint of 39 laps (80.73 miles) on a set, and Dan Wheldon began the race with a stint of 36 laps (74.52 miles) on a set of Firehawks.

From Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We did not change tires on the last stop and what can I say? Five wins this year and the tires have been great. Congratulations to the Firestone engineers. A track that we haven't been to in six years and they came back here with a perfect tire that lasts more than a stint. That's pretty amazing."

From Dan Wheldon, #10 Target Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "Firestone certainly puts in the effort to make sure they supply the right tire for the track, and you could see that today. It was a good event from a passing standpoint on a track that's not known for passing. There was not a lot of marble build-up so that made for great racing. My tires were very consistent the whole race and I had ample grip, which is good."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "What a wild finish to cap a great weekend all the way around for Firestone. Congratulations to Tony Kanaan for a great win and Danica Patrick for her best career finish. The Firehawk tires did their job and then some, with some extended stints run on a set of tires contributing to the three podium finishers getting to that position. It's great to know the drivers and teams have that confidence in Firestone; that's the best compliment we could get on a tough and demanding racetrack such as Belle Isle. Overall the event was a huge success for us and we can't wait to come back next year."

Firestone Performance Award: Tony Kanaan led lap 71 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 150 races now. The award normally goes to the driver leading the lap number corresponding to the cumulative number of races in IndyCar Series history, but with today's race only 89 laps long, the prize was awarded when the 150th race mile was completed.

Race Temperatures: Ranged from 118°-98° F (48°-37° C) track and from 81°-78° F (27°-26° C) ambient.

-credit: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Danica Patrick