Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone engineers brought a new tire specification to Richmond with right-side tires designed to increase durability and decrease marbles on the track. While the many caution periods limited the action, cars...
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone engineers brought a new tire specification to Richmond with right-side tires designed to increase durability and decrease marbles on the track. While the many caution periods limited the action, cars were able to run two lines and make passes when there was green-flag racing. Several drivers also put extended laps on a set of Firehawks to improve track position.
From Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We've come close many times this season, so I knew one time we were going to get it. So I'm very happy. The Firestone tires were perfect tonight. Obviously there were a lot of yellows, but the tires held on. We did 80 laps on the last stint and the tires were awesome. Firestone always gives us the best."
From T.J. Tennent, Project Manager, Firestone Racing: "Congratulations to Tony Kanaan and Andretti Green Racing for the victory on what was a tough night for many drivers. All of the cautions made it difficult for the drivers to get into a rhythm, but we did see some excellent racing on the longer stints of green. We're quite pleased with the Firestone tire specification that debuted tonight. The Firehawks' durability was tremendous. Marco Andretti put 135 laps on a set and E.J. Viso had 130 laps on another set, both without issue. Tony Kanaan was pushing his car to the limit for the last stint of the race, going 71 green-flag laps as hard as he could run, yet his tires still looked as good as new when he pulled into victory lane."
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: Jaime Camara, for charging to the front and leading for 44 laps; Marco Andretti, for pulling away to a comfortable mid-race lead while putting 135 laps (101.25 miles) on a single set of Firehawks; and Helio Castroneves, for moving up to finish second after starting 18th. Fans can vote this Monday-Wednesday at www.indycar.com to determine the recipient, and the "Tire-ific" award winner will be named at the next event. Prior to tonight's race, John Andretti was named winner of the "Tire-ific" award from the June 22 Iowa Corn 250, for charging ahead to run up front much of the race.
Race Temperatures: Ranged from 103o.-96o. F (39o.-35o. C) track and from 93-88o.F (34-31o. C) ambient.