IRL: St. Pete: Firestone qualifying report

Quote from pole winner Helio Castroneves, ...

Quote from pole winner Helio Castroneves, #3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda/ Firestone: "It looks like we started where we left off (last year when he won the race). It definitely paid off to be a little patient in qualifying. It's a shame what happened to Tony (Kanaan, who crashed in the Firestone Fast Six segment and had what would have been the pole-winning time disallowed), but he will have a good car tomorrow. The Firestone tires have been good. I improved my time on my second stint on a set, so that was good. With the new engines this year, they have more torque, so we'll have to manage the throttle control and take care of the tires. But the grip level has been good so far and it should be better tomorrow for the race."

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "The first 'Firestone Fast Six' of 2007 gave us all the excitement we've come to expect from these shootouts. Tough luck for Tony Kanaan, but we can't fault him for being aggressive even though no one had yet beaten his provisional top time. It's worth noting that Helio Castroneves moved into what would be the pole position on the second run on his set of Firehawks, showing the tires are holding up well. Some had raised concerns about excessive tire wear being an issue this weekend, but the Firehawks are performing just fine thus far and we expect that to get even better as more rubber is laid on the track leading up to the race."

-credit: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan
Teams Team Penske