IRL: Motegi: Bridgestone race report

Wheldon Wins Again At Motegi Dan Wheldon simply outlasted the competition to win his second straight race at Twin Ring Motegi and his third of the 2005 season. In a race where numerous cautions wreaked havoc on fuel strategy, Wheldon ran ...

Wheldon Wins Again At Motegi

Dan Wheldon simply outlasted the competition to win his second straight race at Twin Ring Motegi and his third of the 2005 season. In a race where numerous cautions wreaked havoc on fuel strategy, Wheldon ran among the leaders throughout the race and benefited when race leader Tomas Scheckter ran out of fuel in the final laps.

Wheldon took on only fuel in his final pit stop, running an incredible 84 laps on his last set of tires, and they turned out to be fast enough and durable enough to take him victory lane again. He took the checkered flag under yet another caution, brought out by an accident on the final lap of the race.

"They were absolutely, ridiculously good," said Wheldon in victory circle, referring to his Firestone Firehawk tires. "To do that many laps on one set of tires and at that speed is fantastic, and it just goes to show what good quality rubber we're racing on."

Quote from Al Speyer, executive director, Firestone Racing: "What an incredible race -- it just goes to show that, especially in the IRL, a race is never over until it's really over. Congratulations to Dan and the Andretti Green Racing crew. They did a marvelous job of playing their cards right and showing patience and it obviously paid off. We're incredibly proud of the way the Firestone Firehawk tires performed here this weekend. We brought a new spec that we designed to offer more durability than the tire we ran here last season, and it obviously paid off -- 84 laps on one set here at Twin Ring is just incredible. This track can be tough on tires, but they performed perfectly today."

Firestone Performance Award winner: Andretti Green Racing's Dario Franchitti earned the $10,000 Firestone Performance Award for leading lap 107 of today's race. The award commemorates the fact that Firestone has competed in every IRL IndyCar Series event since the league's inaugural race in 1996. Today's race was the 107th in series history.

Race temperatures ranged from 108 to 117 degrees (F) track and 78 to 83 degrees (F) ambient.

Race temperatures ranged from 42 to 47 degrees (C) track and 26 to 28 degrees (C) ambient.

-bridgestone

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Drivers Dan Wheldon