FIRESTONE FAST SIX QUALIFYING REPORT IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Albert Whitted Airport/Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. Saturday, March 27, 2010 - Round 2 of 17 "Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (mph): 1. Will...
FIRESTONE FAST SIX QUALIFYING REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Albert Whitted Airport/Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Saturday, March 27, 2010 - Round 2 of 17
"Firestone Fast Six" Qualifying Results (mph): 1. Will Power (105.190); 2. Tony Kanaan (104.719); 3. Scott Dixon (104.378); 4. Justin Wilson (104.181); 5. Helio Castroneves (104.160); 6. Marco Andretti (103.936).
Firestone qualifying highlight: Firestone Racing brought its most durable ("hardest") primary street-course tire spec and paired it with its highest-grip ("softest") alternate street-course spec this weekend. Will Power won the pole on a used set of alternates (red sidewalls), but he went more than a tenth of a second quicker on new "reds" in the second round of qualifying. A chart detailing each driver's tire selection throughout qualifying is below, as well as the list of Firestone tire specs on which each driver will start the race.
Qualifying temperatures: Track temperatures ranged from 113°-121° F (45°-49° C) and ambient temperatures from 81°-84° F (27°-29° C).
From pole winner Will Power, #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was pretty physical; they always are, especially if you go through all the sessions. We were quickest all weekend, we were really aiming for that pole, but it's the race that counts. At least we get a point. The Firestone reds (alternate tires) certainly have a lot more grip (than the primary black-sidewall spec); it will be interesting to see how they last over a race stint. The blacks (primaries) last a long time. I did a quick lap yesterday on 35-lap-old (primary) tires. They were still quick so they should be fine for the race."
From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "It was great to see Will Power use the Firestone Firehawk alternate tires to snag the pole. The extra grip that the reds provide could easily have made difference between first and second place today. Will has definitely gotten off to a sensational start this season but he has many talented drivers nipping at his heels. The depth of this field is impressive, when you consider that last year's St. Pete race winner (Ryan Briscoe) and last year's series champion (Dario Franchitti) failed to make it past the first round of qualifying today. It should be an incredibly entertaining race tomorrow, and tire strategy will certainly play a major role in the outcome."
-source: firestone racing