IRL: Pikes Peak: Firestone Saturday report

Verdict is in; new Firehawks are fine. The Firestone Racing program brought Firehawk racing radials featuring a brand new tread compound to Pikes Peak International Raceway for this weekend's Radisson Indy 225, and by all accounts that new ...

Verdict is in; new Firehawks are fine.

The Firestone Racing program brought Firehawk racing radials featuring a brand new tread compound to Pikes Peak International Raceway for this weekend's Radisson Indy 225, and by all accounts that new compound is a winner. Defending IRL champion Sam Hornish Jr. earned a place on the second row in today's qualifying action, and then offered some insights on the performance of his tires.

"The tires are working really well," Hornish said. "We're sure Firestone is heading in the right direction. We've been a little bit quicker everywhere we've gone this year and the tires are a big part of that."

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Firestone Racing Project Supervisor: "Considering the weather conditions changed considerably from this morning to this afternoon, the Firehawks performed very well regardless of ambient or track temperature. Drivers commented to us that tires are the least of their concerns at this or any other track. We expect the tires to perform equally well in the race tomorrow, providing the grip and durability needed for this demanding one-mile oval. We congratulate Team Penske for another impressive showing."

Quote from Pole Winner Gil de Ferran (Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone): "We have no issues with the tires at all. In fact, I would say the tires are even more consistent than they've been on other one-mile ovals where we've run. The grip has been really good; my car has handled very well since we got here."

Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 90 to 100 degrees track and from 82 to 91 degrees ambient (F).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske