IRL: Kentucky: Firestone race report

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT IndyCar Series - Meijer Indy 300 Kentucky Speedway - Sparta, Ky. August 11, 2007 - Round 14 of 17 Top-5 Finishers: 1. Tony Kanaan; 2. Scott Dixon; 3. A.J. Foyt IV; 4. Marco Andretti; 5. Tomas Scheckter. Race ...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT

IndyCar Series - Meijer Indy 300
Kentucky Speedway - Sparta, Ky.
August 11, 2007 - Round 14 of 17

Top-5 Finishers: 1. Tony Kanaan; 2. Scott Dixon; 3. A.J. Foyt IV; 4. Marco Andretti; 5. Tomas Scheckter.

Race Temperatures: Ranged from 121-105 F (49-41 C) track and from 90-87 F (32-31 C) ambient.

Firestone Race Highlight: Firestone brought a new tire specification that race winner Tony Kanaan (along with Sam Hornish Jr.) helped select in testing at Chicagoland Speedway in June. The Firehawk spec was intended to increase grip for the cars, but it provided great durability as well. Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti ran the last 72 laps (108 miles) on a set of Firehawks, Dixon still having the muscle left in his tires to make a late pass for second place. Ed Carpenter took fuel only on one stop to get himself back on the lead lap, and put 64 laps (96 miles) on a set.

Firestone Performance Award: Tony Kanaan led lap 148 to claim the Firestone Performance Award. The $10,000 bonus is awarded at each IndyCar Series race in recognition of Firestone's presence as the only tire supplier to compete in every race in league history. The award goes to the driver leading the lap number corresponding to the cumulative number of races in IndyCar Series history, with tonight's race the 148th since the league began.

Firestone Tire Performance Summary: Firestone brought its latest-generation tire specification for the 1.5-mile ovals. Based on the spec that ran successfully this season at Homestead-Miami, Kansas and Texas, this new Firehawk featured a minor construction change to the right-side tires.

From Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I love tire testing. You guys have been great to us and it paid off. It helped for me to help pick the tire, it helped that I knew the tire I was racing with. What can we say? Some people didn't change tires the last stop and still ran fine. I ran 85 laps (127 miles) on a set of tires in practice on Friday, without any problem. Awesome tires again. Firestone dominated."

From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "It was certainly another exciting evening of racing, with the action going right up to - and after - the checkered flag. We're VERY pleased with the showing of the new Firestone tire specification tonight. The Firehawks' grip added side-by-side racing throughout the field and showed fantastic durability, with several teams not even questioning their decision to run two full stints on a set. This was one of those nights when the driver with what looked to be the best car won. Tony Kanaan deserves a big pat on the back for such a strong effort, and clawing his way back into the championship race. We also know the victory means a lot to Tony since it came on the weekend of his late father's birthday."

-credit: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , A.J. Foyt IV , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Marco Andretti , Sam Hornish Jr. , Ed Carpenter