Shanghai: Cooper Tire race report

Tomas Enge and A1 Team Czech Republic become eighth team to win an A1 Grand Prix event FINDLAY, OHIO, April 4, 2006 -- COOPER TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY's (NYSE: CTB) Cooper-A1 Grand Prix racing radials successfully started the A1 Grand Prix's ...

Tomas Enge and A1 Team Czech Republic become eighth team to win an A1 Grand Prix event

FINDLAY, OHIO, April 4, 2006 -- COOPER TIRE & RUBBER COMPANY's (NYSE: CTB) Cooper-A1 Grand Prix racing radials successfully started the A1 Grand Prix's inaugural season in Great Britain in September and ended it on a positive note in China on Sunday.

Tomas Enge and A1 Team Czech Republic won with a time of 59.23.250, Alex Yoong and A1 Team Malaysia took second with a time of 59.29.971 and Ryan Briscoe and A1 Team Australia finished third with a time of 59.33.103. Phil Giebler and A1 Team USA finished 10th with a time of 1.00.14.581.

A1 Team France was the overall winner of the first World Cup of Motorsports with 172 points. A1 Team Switzerland took second with 121 points and A1 Team Great Britain finished third with 97 points.

Drivers from 22 teams in the series, dubbed the World Cup of Motorsport, competed on Sunday on 370/660R13 Cooper-A1 tires fitted to 16-inch wide racing rims.

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 Tire 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.

"We are pleased with the initial success, and passionate support, of the A1 Grand Prix in its first season," said Thomas A. Dattilo chairman, president and chief executive officer of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company. "Additionally, we're looking forward to expanding upon that success next year in a manner that is beneficial to the series, its supporters and Cooper Tire."

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Series A1GP
Drivers Tomas Enge , Phil Giebler