IRL: Texas: Firestone race report

Scheckter Wins From Pole at Texas Tomas Scheckter got a long overdue victory at Texas Motor Speedway, winning his first IndyCar Series race in more than two years. Starting from the pole for the second time this season, Scheckter won in ...

Scheckter Wins From Pole at Texas

Tomas Scheckter got a long overdue victory at Texas Motor Speedway, winning his first IndyCar Series race in more than two years. Starting from the pole for the second time this season, Scheckter won in the nail-biting fashion that is characteristic of TMS, beating Sam Hornish Jr. to the finish line by just 0.0534 of a second.

The new specification of Firestone Firehawk racing radial designed for this race performed extremely well, with many teams choosing to run their sets more than a full stint.

"The tires were unbelievable," said Scheckter. "The one stop I actually didn't even change tires they were so good -- they lasted and lasted. I'm sure we could've run a set of tires through another half a stint. I have to thank everyone at Firestone -- they do an unbelievable job."

Quote from Al Speyer, executive director, Firestone Racing: "This was certainly another awesome race at TMS. Congrats to Tomas, the entire Panther Racing team and also to Chevrolet for their win here tonight -- that whole organization has shown such perseverance through tough times, and it's great to see that rewarded. We're very proud of the way this new spec performed -- our engineers have a great deal of experience with this track, they thought they could improve performance, and they certainly did. This is a very demanding track for tires and the drivers push them to the limits here, but their Firestones held up very well today."

Firestone Performance Award winner: Scheckter also earned the $10,000 Firestone Performance Award for leading lap 109 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 109th in league history. Scheckter will be presented with a $10,000 check during pre-race ceremonies for the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway on June 25.

Race temperatures ranged from 94 to 101 degrees track and 84 to 91 degrees ambient (F).

Race temperatures ranged from 34 to 38 degrees track and 29 to 33 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Sam Hornis
Teams Panther Racing