FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 98Â°-105Â° F (37Â°-41Â° C) and ambient from 72-75Â°F (22Â°-24Â° C). Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Proven Firehawk street-course tire specifications worked as expected this...
FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT
Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 98°-105° F (37°-41° C) and ambient from 72-75°F (22°-24° C).
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Proven Firehawk street-course tire specifications worked as expected this weekend. The softer alternate "reds" gave an additional burst of speed but lacked the long-lasting durability of the black-sidewall primary tires. Helio Castroneves put an incredible 48 laps (84) miles on his first set of primary Firehawks over the bumpy and slick Toronto circuit. A chart detailing each driver's tire use for the race is on the following page.
From race winner Dario Franchitti, #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I struggled with the reds, just toward the end of the stint. The Firestone black sidewalls were awesome. The longer you ran them, the better they got. It was tougher to get them up to temperature today, but the longer you ran and fuel burnt off, the faster you got."
From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "The fans absolutely got their money's worth today with the return of Indy racing to Toronto. There was plenty of exciting racing and passing, many lead changes, and a race winner who's almost made Canada a second home with all his wins in this country. Congratulations to Dario and the Target team. It was great to see Canadians Paul Tracy and Alex Tagliani battling at the front, too. The Firestone tires did just what they were supposed to do today, and they definitely played a role in the overtaking when some drivers were on fresher primary or alternate Firehawks. This is a tough circuit on tires but the Firehawks did their job and we're happy."
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: Dario Franchitti, for his pressuring pass of Helio Castroneves for the lead on lap 65; Danica Patrick, for running the entire race on just two sets of tires (47 laps on the primaries, 38 on the alternates) to finish sixth; and Will Power, for coming back from nearly a full lap down to finish third. Fans can vote through Wednesday at www.indycar.com to determine the recipient. This award winner will be named at the July 26 race at Edmonton. In pre-race ceremonies today, Justin Wilson was named the "Tire-ific" winner from the July 5 race at Watkins Glen.
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