Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone brought a new, more durable tire specification to Watkins Glen and it worked incredibly well on the demanding permanent road course. Several drivers ran extended stints of 25 laps (85 miles) or more on a...
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone brought a new, more durable tire specification to Watkins Glen and it worked incredibly well on the demanding permanent road course. Several drivers ran extended stints of 25 laps (85 miles) or more on a set of Firehawks without issue.
From Ryan Hunter-Reay, #17 Rahal Letterman/Ethanol Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "Firestone does an amazing job. The tires actually were better for me at the end of the stint than they were at the beginning. That's just because of the durability of these tires. I could've triple-stinted today with the tires, it was unbelievable. It was a great run for Firestone today to show the durability and life of these tires. I don't know how they do it; their competitors surely can't."
From Darren Manning, #14 ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The tires were great. I ran maybe 30 laps on that last set and they were great. They were clean on the restarts and we were able to run some fantastic laps all the way to the end of the race."
From T.J. Tennent, Project Manager, Firestone Racing: "The script could not have been written better than today. An American driver on an American team, with American ethanol in his fuel tank and as his sponsor, wins on one of the great American racetracks on the most important of American weekends. And he did it with Firestone, an American icon tire brand since 1900. We congratulate Ryan and Rahal Letterman on a most deserved victory. They've been in the hunt all season and today was their time to shine. The new Firehawk tire spec for this weekend had a fantastic debut. The tires provided tremendous durability on a rugged and challenging circuit."
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: Ryan Hunter-Reay, for his pass for the lead and win on a lap 50 restart; Darren Manning, for use of excellent pit strategy to finish second; and Buddy Rice, who went 25 laps on his final set of Firehawks in advancing from the 17th starting spot to finish fourth. Fans can vote through Wednesday at www.indycar.com to determine the recipient, and the "Tire-ific" award winner will be named at the next event. Prior to today's race, Jamie Camara was named winner of the "Tire-ific" award from the June 28 Richmond race, for charging to the front and leading 44 laps.
Race Temperatures: Ranged from 103o.-114o. F (39o.-46o. C) track and from 81-82o.F (27-28o. C) ambient.