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IZOD IndyCar Series - Honda Indy Toronto
Honda Indy Toronto Race 1
Top-5 Finishers: 1. Scott Dixon; 2. Sebastien Bourdais; 3. Dario Franchitti; 4. Marco Andretti; 5. Tony Kanaan.
Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 107°-111° F (42°-44° C) and ambient from 75°-80° F (24°-27°C).
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: The Firestone black-sidewall primary tire, built for its consistency and durability over a full stint, proved the more popular and successful tire in today’s race. Every driver who finished the race ran two stints on the primary tires and one on the red-sidewall alternates. Race winner Scott Dixon, riding on primary tires, made the pass for the win on Sebastien Bourdais, who was using the alternates, with seven laps to go. With the win, Dixon moves into a tie atop the Firestone family’s current IndyCar era victory chart with Bourdais and Dario Franchitti at 31 apiece.
From race winner Scott Dixon, #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "The car was really good. It’s nice when you get to roll off the transporter and only have to change a few things. The car held onto the Firestone tires really well. I think I burned up the reds (alternates) a little quicker than (Will) Power on the first stint, but that was just me being aggressive and having to pass a few cars early on. But on both blacks (primaries) and reds, our pace was phenomenal. The weather conditions are just perfect this weekend for great speed. The track gripped up in that second stint and Will and I were going at it. It’s my first victory in Toronto and I’ve been coming here 12 years or so, so I’m excited to finally do it."
Honda Indy Toronto Race 2
Top-5 Finishers: 1. Scott Dixon; 2. Helio Castroneves; 3. Sebastien Bourdais; 4. Dario Franchitti; 5. E.J. Viso.
Points leaders: 1. Helio Castroneves (425); 2. Scott Dixon (396); 3. Ryan Hunter-Reay (356); 4. Marco Andretti (355); 5. Simon Pagenaud (309).
Race Temperatures: Track ranged from 116°-122° F (47°-50° C) and ambient from 81°-83° F (27°-28°C).
Firestone Tire Performance Recap: While the Firestone black-sidewall primary tire was the overall preferred choice, the red-sidewall alternate showed its grit as well. Twenty-one of the 24 cars began the race on alternates and some drivers put as many as 28 laps on sets that already had six-plus laps on them from qualifying. Eventual race winner Scott Dixon logged 24 laps on his used set of Firestone alternates, building a lead of about four seconds in the process. After the first stint, the majority of drivers went with the more durable primary tires for the final two stints. With the two victories this weekend, Dixon now has 32 career IndyCar wins – all on the Firestone family of race tires, making him the winningest active IndyCar driver in the Firestone family.
From race winner Scott Dixon, #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We kind of maintained pace. We definitely had the speed. We were trying to maintain the tires for restarts or if we had to go longer on fuel. It was one of those days that went pretty smooth. The car was good and it was good on the Firestone tires. I didn’t have to push maybe as hard as some of the others, so that kind of elongated our run. I struggled a little on restarts on the blacks compared to the Penskes. Both sets, the reds and the blacks, were good for us. This is a stellar weekend for the team."