IRL: Nashville: Firestone race report

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT IndyCar Series - Firestone Indy 200 Nashville Superspeedway, Lebanon, Tenn. Sunday, July 15, 2007 - Round 11 of 17 Top-5 Finishers: 1. Scott Dixon; 2. Dario Franchitti; 3. Danica Patrick; 4. Sam Hornish Jr.; 5.

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT

IndyCar Series - Firestone Indy 200
Nashville Superspeedway, Lebanon, Tenn.
Sunday, July 15, 2007 - Round 11 of 17

Top-5 Finishers: 1. Scott Dixon; 2. Dario Franchitti; 3. Danica Patrick; 4. Sam Hornish Jr.; 5. Marco Andretti.

Temperature ranges (F): Race temperatures ranged from 102 to 109 degrees track and from 85 to 87 degrees ambient.

Temperature ranges (C): Race temperatures ranged from 38 to 42 degrees track and from 29 to 30 degrees ambient.

Firestone Tire Performance Summary: The left-side tires Firestone Racing engineers brought to Nashville were the same specification that was previously used at this year's Indianapolis 500. The right-side tires possessed the same compound that was utilized at Nashville Superspeedway in 2006, with a slightly different construction. Despite the move from a night race to a very hot daytime event, the tires performed very consistently, with front-running drivers able to run speeds right around 200 mph throughout their stints.

From Scott Dixon, #9 Energizer Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/ Honda/Firestone: "What a fantastic weekend for Energizer! The Target boys have done it again - it's two weeks in a row now. The tires were good. We were a little loose for the first five laps, but after that, our car just kept getting better and better as the tires got a little more use. After we were able to get more laps, the tires were very consistent."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "I think we might have surprised ourselves a little bit today. The tire performance here was better than we even expected. Like everyone else, we thought this would be a night race with cooler temperatures. But the Firehawks held up extremely well to the afternoon heat with the leaders lapping very consistently. We are very happy with the combination that our engineers brought here. The right rear tires were only about 50 percent worn after a stint, which considering the high track temperatures, is quite an accomplishment. Congratulations to Scott Dixon and Target Chip Ganassi Racing for their second consecutive victory - both here in Nashville at the Firestone Indy 200 two years in a row and back-to-back with last weekend's win at Watkins Glen."

-credit: firestone motorsports

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Marco Andretti , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornish Jr. , Danica Patrick
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing