IRL: Kansas: Firestone race report

Rahal-Letterman Duo Finishes 1-2 at Kansas Rahal Letterman Racing teammates Buddy Rice and Vitor Meira put on a show for the fans at Kansas Motor Speedway, racing to a 1-2 finish that was the second-closest in IndyCar Series history. Just...

Rahal-Letterman Duo Finishes 1-2 at Kansas

Rahal Letterman Racing teammates Buddy Rice and Vitor Meira put on a show for the fans at Kansas Motor Speedway, racing to a 1-2 finish that was the second-closest in IndyCar Series history. Just 0.0051 of a second separated the two as Rice, starting from pole position for the third time this season, crossed the finish line first for his second victory of the year.

Temperatures were relatively mild as compared to previous events at Kansas Speedway, and the Firestone Firehawk tires that equip every car in the Indy Racing League held up well. At a track that can be tough on tire performance as a result of the track configuration and sometimes extreme heat, Firestone brought the same tire specification that performed well last season at Kansas and the teams and drivers again benefited from flawless performance.

"The Firestone tires were great, we had no issues at all," said Rice. "Superb job today by Firestone 0x2022 this track can be tough on tires. The marbles weren't very bad at all on the high side, there was a lot of passing going on, and there was an excellent two-lane groove, so everything was excellent for us."

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Project Supervisor, Firestone Racing: "We're incredibly happy with the performance of the Firehawks today. We saw a lot of hard racing action, a lot of side-by-side racing, and a lot of passing, none of which the drivers could do without confidence in their tires. Congratulations to the whole Rahal Letterman Racing team 0x2022 especially to Buddy, but also to Vitor, who will no doubt reach victory circle very soon himself. Now we're all really looking forward to our 'home' race, the Firestone Indy 200. We'll be very busy between now and then, but it's well worth it 0x2022 it's always exciting for us when the whole Indy Racing League rolls into our hometown and we get the chance to play host."

Firestone Performance Award winner: Vitor Meira of Rahal Letterman Racing earned the $10,000 Firestone Performance Award for leading lap 94 of today's race. The award commemorates the fact that Firestone has competed in every IRL IndyCar Series event since the league's inception in 1996. Today's race was the 94rd in league history.

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Race temperatures ranged from 118 to 120 degrees track with a constant ambient temperature of 85 degrees (F).

Race temperatures ranged from 48 to 49 degrees track with a constant ambient temperature of 29 degrees (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buddy Rice , Vitor Meira