IRL: Firestone Racing Gateway race notes

With the St. Louis Gateway arch looming in the distance, the Firestone-equipped competitors in today's Gateway Indy 250 ran pretty much where they wanted on the 1.25-mile oval in Madison, Ill. As the race aproached its dramatic closing, Al Unser...

With the St. Louis Gateway arch looming in the distance, the Firestone-equipped competitors in today's Gateway Indy 250 ran pretty much where they wanted on the 1.25-mile oval in Madison, Ill. As the race aproached its dramatic closing, Al Unser Jr. stayed out 67 laps on one set of Firehawks, squeezing every ounce of fuel from his Galles Racing G-Force Olds machine to take his second IRL career win. Sam Hornish Jr. took on fuel only in his last pit stop, demanding more of his tires - and the Firestones delivered the durability he needed for a third-place finish to maintain his lead in the series points battle. "The Firestones were great; my car was just stuck to the track," Hornish said from the podium. "The Firestones worked great all day," Unser echoed. "I couldn't ask for more."

Joe Barbieri, Firestone Racing Project Supervisor: "With practice sessions shortened significantly due to rain Friday and Saturday, most teams used their Firehawks as a foundation to set-up their cars for the IRL's first racing visit to Gateway. With really strong competition from the green flag, it was obvious the Firehawks had again contributed to the action. Throughout the race, as track temperatures climbed steadily, the tires maintained their consistent grip and durability, allowing many in the field to race high or low as needed. We saw a lot of good driving out there today, and certainly Little Al turned in another great performance to take the win. While he may have been worrying about fuel, he wasn't worried about his tires. Likewise with Sam Hornish. He left his on in the last pit stop, knowing they still had the grip he needed. We're very proud to contribute to such an exciting finish."

Rick Galles: "The Firestones worked great; they were awesome. They've really worked well for us all year. We're extremely happy; it was a good run for Al and we're very pleased for him."

<pre> Temperature Information (F) 2:00 p.m. 86° 96° 2:30 p.m. 89° 126° 3:00 p.m. 90° 133° 3:30 p.m. 90° 123°

-Firestone Racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Al Unser Sr. , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis