Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone brought a new, very durable tire specification to Nashville to withstand the track's abrasive concrete surface. While the concrete will always create marbles, tire wear was not an issue on long ...
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone brought a new, very durable tire specification to Nashville to withstand the track's abrasive concrete surface. While the concrete will always create marbles, tire wear was not an issue on long runs.
From Scott Dixon, #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It looks like the luck is going our way this year. Tonight, everything just worked out, and I'm bloody happy for the championship. The Firestone Firehawks were very consistent. You know, it's very tough on tires here, I think it's definitely more the configuration of the track than anything else. But the Firestone tires were fantastic, and they were definitely the least of my problems."
From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Scott Dixon certainly knows how to win here in Music City, as he's taking home his third Gibson Guitar trophy. For the second consecutive year, weather has played as big of a factor as anything else in the race. Nashville Superspeedway is such a challenge for Firestone Racing, but the tire specification we brought here performed better than any we have brought here in the past. However, we are never content to rest on our laurels, and there's still work to be done and room for improvement next year. The geometry and surface of the track contribute to its one-groove nature, and I don't think that is something that can be completely solved with tires alone. But we will always do everything we can to contribute to the great racing for which the IndyCar Series is famous."
Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: This $10,000 prize is 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: Helio Castroneves, for his pass of Tony Kanaan for third on the last restart; Scott Dixon and his team for a lightning-fast first pit stop; and Mario Moraes, for advancing the most positions (20th to 10th) and gaining his second consecutive top-10 finish. Fans can vote through Wednesday at www.indycar.com to determine the recipient, and the "Tire-ific" award winner will be named at the next event. Prior to today's race, Ryan Hunter-Reay was named winner of the "Tire-ific" award from the July 6 Watkins Glen race, for his pass for the lead and his first win.
Race Temperatures: Ranged from 92o.-93o. F (34o. C) track and from 82-85o.F (28-29o. C) ambient.