Mid-Ohio: Firestone Racing qualifying report

FIRESTONE FAST SIX QUALIFYING REPORT IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Lexington, Ohio Saturday, August 7, 2010 - Round 12 of 17 "Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (mph): 1. Will Power...

FIRESTONE FAST SIX QUALIFYING REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Lexington, Ohio
Saturday, August 7, 2010 - Round 12 of 17

"Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (mph): 1. Will Power (120.965); 2. Dario Franchitti (120.812); 3. Takuma Sato (120.545); 4. Ryan Hunter-Reay (120.532); 5. Scott Dixon (120.478); 6. Helio Castroneves (120.361).

Firestone qualifying highlight: Firestone Racing brought new specifications to Mid-Ohio for both its primary and alternate tires, with the "softer" alternates leading Will Power to a record-tying seventh pole position in 2010. This after Power crashed his primary car in morning practice and was forced into his backup machine. A chart detailing each driver's tire selection throughout qualifying is attached. Teams must declare which dry-condition tire spec (primary or alternate) their car will start the race on following the Sunday morning warm-up.

Qualifying temperatures: Track temperatures ranged from 118°-123° F (48°-51° C) and ambient temperatures from 78°-80° F (26°-27° C).

From pole winner Will Power, #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The Verizon guys had to do a lot of work before qualifying. Unfortunately I crashed and had to go to the backup car, but our boys did such a good job. The car felt exactly how I wanted it. ... The Firestone reds were hooked up, I have to say that. The fast times were very good. We didn't do too many laps on our good set (in the earlier qualifying segment), so it was still good in the Firestone Fast Six. This track hooks up so well when you get the red (alternate tires') rubber on it. There was a lot of grip!"

From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "Will Power has had an amazing season and it continues with his pole position today. All he needs to do is take the green flag tomorrow and he'll wrap up the Mario Andretti Trophy for the road course championship. Considering the comeback he's made from the back injuries suffered less than a year ago, to be where he is now is sensational. Will and many of the drivers really enjoyed the Firestone Firehawk alternate tires in qualifying. They certainly made a significant difference in lap times, but it will be interesting to see how the drivers manage their tires in the race. We were also pleased to see the run to third on the grid by Takuma Sato and KV Racing Technology. They have been making steady progress and could be ready for a big finish tomorrow."

-source: firestone racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Takuma Sato , Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Will Power
Teams Team Penske , KV Racing Technology