Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone Racing engineers brought their race-proven superspeedway tire specification to Kansas Speedway. This is the same tire that was used previously this year at Homestead. The spec is new for this year, and...
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone Racing engineers brought their race-proven superspeedway tire specification to Kansas Speedway. This is the same tire that was used previously this year at Homestead. The spec is new for this year, and it was born from last season's superspeedway tire, with changes designed to increase grip.
From Dan Wheldon, #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "With the pace of the race, we certainly needed a lot of grip underneath us, and certainly the Firestone Firehawks provided that. It was a very difficult race, and a challenge for the tires, but like always, they stood up very well."
From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "It was great to see 27 IndyCar Series cars running around Kansas Speedway on Firestone Firehawk tires today! Our superspeedway tire specification seemed to perform even a little better here than it did earlier this season at Homestead. With the full field, cars were running two and three wide throughout the race. It's great to see that drivers have enough confidence in the grip their Firestone Firehawks are providing them that they feel comfortable running that closely at more than 210 mph, lap after lap."
Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: This $10,000 prize will be awarded after each IndyCar Series race to the driver who best utilizes his or her Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. This week's nominees are: Ed Carpenter, for having the confidence to double-stint a set of Firehawks for the second time this season; Scott Dixon, for dominating much of the race and using the grip from his Firehawks to help him charge from seventh to third on the last restart; and Dan Wheldon, for setting a blazing pace on the final restart to hold off all challengers. Fans can vote this Monday-Wednesday on www.indycar.com to determine the recipient, and the "Tire-ific" award winner will be named at the next event - the Indianapolis 500.
Race Temperatures: Ranged from 77-101 F (25-38 C) track and from 57-58F (13.9-14 C) ambient.