IRL: Watkins Glen: Firestone race report

Firestone Tire Performance Summary: Firestone Racing engineers elected to bring the same specification of dry and wet condition Firestone Firehawk tires to Watkins Glen that raced here last year. The dry condition slick represents the more...

Firestone Tire Performance Summary: Firestone Racing engineers elected to bring the same specification of dry and wet condition Firestone Firehawk tires to Watkins Glen that raced here last year. The dry condition slick represents the more durable of the road course compound/construction specs available, as that durability is needed to withstand the high speeds this track generates. Even with vastly different weather conditions from one year to the next, the tires performed well as expected, with no wear issues.

From Scott Dixon, Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/ Honda/Firestone: "The Firestone tires were good, very consistent. So we didn't have any issues with the tires. I think balance-wise, we were struggling a little bit. There was a small difference between scuffed tires and new tires. The new tires were definitely very fast and very consistent. Tires hardly fell off at all. As the race got on, it definitely 'rubbered-up,' and the cars could turn a lot quicker. Mine was a dream to drive, and the tires were definitely the least of our problems!"

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "What an accomplishment by Scott Dixon and Target Chip Ganassi Racing - three wins in three visits to Watkins Glen International! It was a hard-fought battle today that required a lot of patience, and they did an admirable job on the track and in the pits. The Firestone Firehawks worked really well here today, and certainly the weather is a lot better than last year. The tires were wearing about 60 to 90 percent on a full fuel run, which is right where we like to see them, so we were pleased with their performance."

Temperature ranges (F): Race temperatures ranged from 116 to 108 degrees track and from 84 to 82 degrees ambient.

Temperature ranges (C): Race temperatures ranged from 46 to 42 degrees track and from 28 to 27 degrees ambient.

-credit: firestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing