Firestone Tire Performance Recap: Takuma Sato of A.J. Foyt Racing used the Firestone alternate tire specification to maximum effectiveness in collecting the first IndyCar Series win of his career. Sato put a set of used red-sidewall alternates on for his second race stint and promptly pulled away to a four-second lead. He saved his only new alternate set for the final, grueling 29-lap (57-mile) sprint and the softer compound delivered him across the finish line five seconds in front of the field.
From race winner Takuma Sato, #14 ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone: “A.J. gave me such a great opportunity and the whole team works so hard for me. They gave me such a super car, great pit stops today, no issues at all. The car was so comfortable that I could push the whole way through the race. Last year I started (the race) on the black (primary) tire and they worked really well, so I wanted to do again. I was able to push and I was hanging with the guys in the top groups on the red (alternate) tire and when I got on the Firestone red tire, boom, it was just amazing. The tire was very consistent. It was just great."
Carlos Munoz made it back-to-back, wire-to-wire wins with his victory in the Long Beach 100.
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Sato Becomes First Japanese IndyCar Series Race Winner
Takuma Sato took full advantage of his Firestone red-sidewall alternate tires to race to the first victory of his IZOD IndyCar Series career, at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Driving the A.J. Foyt Racing #14 ABC Supply Co. Honda, Sato ran the final two stints of the race on the softer alternate tires and pulled away to a five-second win and become the first Japanese driver to win an IndyCar Series race.
Munoz Makes It Back-to-Back Flag-to-Flag Wins
For the second straight race, Carlos Munoz started from pole position and led every lap, this time winning the Long Beach 100. Driving the #26 Andretti Autosport machine, Munoz stayed up front and avoided incidents that eliminated five cars behind him to take the championship points lead.