St. Pete: Firestone Racing race report

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Albert Whitted Airport/Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. Monday, March 29, 2010 - Round 2 of 17 Top-5 Finishers: 1. Will Power; 2. Justin Wilson; 3. Ryan ...

FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Albert Whitted Airport/Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.
Monday, March 29, 2010 - Round 2 of 17

Top-5 Finishers: 1. Will Power; 2. Justin Wilson; 3. Ryan Briscoe; 4. Helio Castroneves; 5. Dario Franchitti.

Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 70°-95° F (21°-35° C) and ambient from 67°-71 °F (19°-22°C).

Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone's primary specification was the tire of choice today, providing the durability for which Firestone Racing has become famous. Race winner Will Power and runner-up Justin Wilson each logged 40-lap stints on a set of primary Firehawks, but more impressive was Alex Tagliani, who drove the final 51 laps (91.8 miles and more than half the race) on a single set of Firestone primary tires. (A chart of tire use in today's race is attached.)

From race winner Will Power, #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The Firestone blacks (primaries) were really good today, good for the whole stint. The reds went off a little bit at the end, but I didn't even have to look after the blacks actually because they were good all the way through."

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "First, we need to thank the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg staff for working so hard overnight to get the track in race shape after all the rain. Also to all the fans who came back today to witness a very exciting race with lots of on-track overtaking. With all the rain, it was no surprise that the track would be very green and abrasive. That certainly made it harder on the Firestone alternate tires, which still performed as expected by providing the short-term speed advantage but giving up some durability. The black-sidewall primary Firehawks performed exceptionally from all reports, remaining consistent throughout the full stints. For Alex Tagliani to run the last 51 race laps on a single set that had more laps on it from earlier this weekend - and to clock his best lap less than 20 from the finish - is a shining example of how well the primary Firehawks fared today. The St. Pete race is among our favorites each year and the 2010 version is no exception."

Firestone "Tire-ific" Move of the Race: This $10,000 prize is awarded after each IndyCar Series race to the driver best utilizing his or her Firestone tires to make a bold, dramatic move during the event. Nominees from today's race are: Ryan Briscoe, for coming from 19th starting position to finish third; Dario Franchitti, for battling back from a first-lap spin and passing five cars in the last 10 laps to finish fifth; and Alex Tagliani, whose 51-lap stint on a single set of Firehawks helped him to sixth position. Fans can vote this week at www.indycar.com to determine the winner. In pre-race ceremonies today, Ryan Hunter-Reay was presented the Tire-ific award for his second-place drive two weeks ago in Brazil.

-source: firestone racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Helio Castroneves , Alex Tagliani , Dario Franchitti , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Ryan Briscoe , Will Power
Teams Team Penske