Estoril: Cooper Tires race report

A1 Grand Prix and Cooper Tires Heat Up Circuito Alexandre Premat's victory boosts France into overall points lead; USA has best finish of season FINDLAY, OHIO, OCTOBER 24, 2005 COOPER TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY's (NYSE: CTB) Cooper-A1 Grand Prix ...

A1 Grand Prix and Cooper Tires Heat Up Circuito

Alexandre Premat's victory boosts France into overall points lead; USA has best finish of season

FINDLAY, OHIO, OCTOBER 24, 2005 COOPER TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY's (NYSE: CTB) Cooper-A1 Grand Prix racing radials helped heat up the track Sunday at the A1 Grand Prix's third stop of the season at Circuito in Estoril, Portugal.

Alexandre Premat of France won the qualifying sprint race Saturday to take the pole for Sunday's feature race. He then won the feature race with a time of 1.01.05.054, holding off Neel Jani of Switzerland (1.01.12.971). Ralph Firman of Ireland (1.01.21.387) took third and Scott Speed of the United States (1.01.24.477) placed fourth his best finish of the season.

The win moves France into the overall points lead with 50; Brazil and Switzerland hold second and third place with 42 and 34 points respectively.

Drivers from 24 teams in the series, dubbed the World Cup of Motorsport, competed on 370/660R13 Cooper-A1 tires fitted to 16-inch wide racing rims.

"We are very pleased with the performance of our Cooper-A1 tires on such a demanding track," said Thomas A. Dattilo chairman, president and chief executive officer of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. "We congratulate Premat and France on grabbing the checkered flag and look forward to watching all the teams compete in yet another exciting A1 Grand Prix race on November 6 at Eastern Creek in Sydney, Australia."

Designed to run at very high temperatures, the Cooper-A1 tire's distinctive blend of compounds create a soft and tacky tire to provide an incredible level of grip by literally sticking the car to the track. Cooper Tires has also designed a grooved wet weather tire to handle even the most severe weather conditions but with a construction that provides enough resilience to endure a full race distance.

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Series A1GP
Drivers Scott Speed , Ralph Firman , Neel Jani , Alexandre Prémat