Race Temperatures: Ranged from 96-91 F (36-33 C) track and from 92-89F (33-32 C) ambient. Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone Racing engineers brought a tire spec that was new to TMS but race-proven this season at Homestead and Kansas....
Race Temperatures: Ranged from 96-91 F (36-33 C) track and from 92-89F (33-32 C) ambient.
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone Racing engineers brought a tire spec that was new to TMS but race-proven this season at Homestead and Kansas. The thrilling side-by-side racing all night and multiple racing lines available were proof enough that the Firehawks were up to the task.
From Scott Dixon, #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The Firestone tires were great, very consistent for us. I didn't have any problems with them. At some point, maybe the balance (of the car) was maybe a bit of an issue for us, but every time we bolted a new set of Firestones on, they were fantastic."
From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Breathtaking is the only way you can describe the incredible racing tonight, but that's nothing new for Texas Motor Speedway. This facility has always provided this kind of excitement. All of the drivers had the confidence once again in their Firestone Firehawks to run several lines without wavering. Marco Andretti owned the high side tonight and Ryan Hunter-Reay ran an extended stint on his first set of tires to put himself into contention. It's a shame they had their incident at the end because we think it was setting up for an amazing finish. But we're glad both drivers are OK. Congratulations again to Scott Dixon and Target Chip Ganassi Racing; things are certainly going their way right now."
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: Marco Andretti, for running the high line all race long, completing daring outside passes for the lead, and nearly pulling out the win; Ryan Hunter-Reay, for going an extra stint on a set of Firehawks to move up front, and staying there until his late crash; and Ryan Briscoe, for charging from the back twice in the race to finish third. 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 - the Bombardier Lear Jet 550k at Texas Motor Speedway. Prior to tonight's race, Oriol Servia was named winner of the "Tire-ific" award from the June 1 Milwaukee race, for making a pass on an early restart to get back on the lead lap and finish sixth. Servia won the balloting by a single vote with 10,000-plus cast.