IRL: Kansas: Firestone race report

Firestone tires take the heat and help Herta to 1st IRL victory Trusting in the renowned durability of his Firestone Firehawk racing radials, Bryan Herta ran an extra stint on one set of tires today and it helped the Andretti Green Racing...

Firestone tires take the heat and help Herta to 1st IRL victory

Trusting in the renowned durability of his Firestone Firehawk racing radials, Bryan Herta ran an extra stint on one set of tires today and it helped the Andretti Green Racing fill-in driver to his first Indy Racing League victory and first oval triumph.

Herta and his crew opted not to change tires on a mid-race pit stop to improve track position, confident in the fact the Firehawk tires would handle the additional laps without problem, despite the searing heat at Kansas Speedway. Herta's faith in the tires was well placed and, after conserving fuel in the final laps, he took the checkered flag 7.3264 seconds ahead of Helio Castroneves.

Afterward, Herta had nothing but glowing praise for the Firestone tires that are equipped on every IndyCar Series entry. "The Firestone tires were awesome!" Herta exclaimed. "We decided not to change tires on our second stop to gain track position, and they held up with no problems at all for the entire time."

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Project Supervisor, Firestone Racing: "Even with extreme conditions here in Kansas this weekend, the Firestone Firehawks performed up to their usual high standards. With track temperatures soaring near 140 degrees, tire performance remained consistent to enable teams to adjust their cars to the changing track conditions. Congratulations to Bryan Herta and Andretti Green Racing on a great performance today. It's good to see Bryan back in an IndyCar and even better to see him in victory lane once again on Firestone tires."

Firestone Performance Award: For leading lap 79 of today's race, Gil de Ferran of Marlboro Team Penske earned a $10,000 bonus from Firestone Racing. The award commemorates Firestone competing in each and every Indy Racing League IndyCar event since the series' inception in 1996, a total of 79 races and running.

Race temperatures ranged from 128 to 131 degrees track and from 86 to 91 degrees ambient (F). Race temperatures ranged from 53 to 55 degrees track and from 30 to 33 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Bryan Herta
Teams Team Penske