IRL: Nashville: Firestone race report

Kanaan Picks Up Third Victory of Season at Firestone's Home Race Tony Kanaan of Andretti Green Racing held off a late-race charge by Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr. to take his third victory of the season in...

Kanaan Picks Up Third Victory of Season at Firestone's Home Race

Tony Kanaan of Andretti Green Racing held off a late-race charge by Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr. to take his third victory of the season in Firestone's hometown race, the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.

At a track that is notoriously tough on tires, the Firestone Firehawks that equip every IndyCar Series machine exceeded expectations again. Tire wear can be a concern at the 1.33-mile concrete oval, the only concrete surface on the IRL circuit. But the tire spec that the Firestone race tire development team chose for this weekend held up well.

"The tires were awesome 0x2022 Firestone did a great job," said Kanaan. "I think that's why we're the best and they're the best at what they do. It's a very abrasive track 0x2022 the worst track probably that I've ever seen, but the tires lasted as long as we wanted them to. We had to save them obviously, but there were no concerns at all. Looks like I wore them out a little bit with the donuts at the end, but that's alright."

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "The Firestone Indy 200 was incredibly action-packed and saw even more wheel-to-wheel racing and banging than we've come to expect in the Indy Racing League series. But we really congratulate Tony Kanaan and the entire AGR racing organization for a hard-fought victory at Nashville Superspeedway. The abrasive nature of the concrete track gives us an additional challenge, but it was clear once again tonight that the Firestone Firehawks were up to the task. All of the fans, including 2,400 of our teammates and their families, certainly saw an excellent race tonight."

Firestone Performance Award winner: Vitor Meira of Rahal Letterman Racing earned the $10,000 Firestone Performance Award for leading lap 95 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 95th in league history.

Race temperatures ranged from 88 to 106 degrees track and from 80 to 86 degrees ambient (F).

Race temperatures ranged from 31 to 41 degrees track and from 27 to 30 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Sam Hornish Jr. , Vitor Meira