FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT IZOD IndyCar Series - Firestone 550K Texas Motor Speedway - Fort Worth, Texas Saturday, June 5, 2010 - Round 7 of 17 Top-5 Finishers: 1. Ryan Briscoe; 2. Danica Patrick; 3. Marco Andretti; 4. Scott Dixon; 5. Dario...
FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - Firestone 550K
Texas Motor Speedway - Fort Worth, Texas
Saturday, June 5, 2010 - Round 7 of 17
Top-5 Finishers: 1. Ryan Briscoe; 2. Danica Patrick; 3. Marco Andretti; 4. Scott Dixon; 5. Dario Franchitti.
Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 103°-94° F (39°-34° C) and ambient from 98°-92°F (37° 33°C).
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone Racing brought a new tire specification to Texas and the Firehawks certainly contributed to the exciting, tire-to-tire racing all night. Developed from testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway in January, the tire spec featured new compounds for the left-side tires paired with the same right-side tire spec used last month at Kansas.
From race winner Ryan Briscoe, #6 Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "This is four (Texas races) in a row where I've finished where I started, but this one is definitely best. It was hard-fought out there and we had some really good racing. I've dreamt of shooting those six-shooters (in victory lane), it just feels so good to get this win here in Texas. The Firestones were pretty good tonight. I think they made the racing really interesting. We were falling off a little bit at the end of the stints and had to work on the car set-up to keep the tires under us. We had to conserve a little bit, which made the racing very exciting."
From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Firestone Racing: "Once again, Texas Motor Speedway delivered some of the most exciting, side-by-side racing we see on the entire IZOD IndyCar Series schedule. Congratulations to Ryan Briscoe and Team Penske for pulling out another fantastic win. With the heat and the track's high banking, it's one of the toughest tests of tires and we're glad that the new Firehawk specs held up very well again tonight. Texas Motor Speedway did a fantastic job supporting Firestone as title sponsor. We can't thank Eddie Gossage and his staff enough for what they did for us. We're really eager to come back next year."
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 tonight's race are: Ryan Briscoe, for his dramatic and decisive pass for the lead and win on lap 193; Alex Lloyd, who bounced back from a lengthy first pit stop to move from 21st place up to eighth; and Danica Patrick, for her most impressive performance this season, carving her way through the field to a second-place finish. Fans can vote this week at www.indycar.com to determine the winner. In pre-race ceremonies tonight, Tony Kanaan was named the Tire-ific $20,000 winner for his drive from 33rd to 11th last week at the Indy 500.
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