FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT IZOD IndyCar Series - Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen Watkins Glen International - Watkins Glen, NY Sunday, July 4, 2010 - Round 9 of 17 Top-5 Finishers: 1. Will Power; 2. Ryan Briscoe; 3. Dario Franchitti; ...
FIRESTONE FIREHAWK RACE REPORT
IZOD IndyCar Series - Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen
Watkins Glen International - Watkins Glen, NY
Sunday, July 4, 2010 - Round 9 of 17
Top-5 Finishers: 1. Will Power; 2. Ryan Briscoe; 3. Dario Franchitti; 4. Raphael Matos; 5. Mario Moraes.
Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 128°-119° F (53°-49° C) and ambient from 88°- 90° F (31°-32° C).
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Firestone brought the same primary and alternate tire specs used at last year's Camping World Grand Prix at the Glen, and once again both performed well. Both specs showed good durability in the face of some of the hottest temperatures we've seen racing at the Glen. (A chart detailing tire use in today's race is attached.)
From race winner Will Power, #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Honda/ Firestone: "I'm so happy to have the Verizon car back in victory lane, it's been too long. I just wanted to win so badly, because I hate getting the pole and then not winning the race. The red Firestone Firehawk tires were really 'grippy,' and they were consistent, too. I mean, from the beginning of a run to the end, they hardly changed. They just had a heap of grip. So we had very good tires, the reds, the blacks, I loved it."
From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Firestone Racing: "Congratulations to Will Power for putting the exclamation point on a dominating weekend and for getting Team Penske's first win at the Glen since we've been coming back here. The Firestone Firehawk tires worked out well today. Looking at our tire use chart, it appears we may have seen the most use of alternate tires ever during a race today. The alternates got up to speed a little quicker than the primary black sidewall tires, but they didn't last quite as long. The extreme ambient and track temperatures didn't cause any problems, although I'm sure it was a little more slippery out there for the drivers compared to last year, since we brought the same tire specs."
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: Will Power, for his lap 44 pass of Ryan Briscoe to secure the win; Raphael Matos, for a great fourth place finish despite telemetry problems; and Dan Wheldon, who recovered from being spun on track to finish sixth. Fans can vote this week at www.indycar.com to determine the winner.
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