CHAMPCAR/CART: Bridgestone Sebring test wrap-up

Bridgestone Motorsport and Champ Car Back on Track in Sebring While you never know what might happen when you get a group of all-new cars together, the 2007 Champ Car World Series season got off to a great start for Bridgestone Motorsport during...

Bridgestone Motorsport and Champ Car Back on Track in Sebring

While you never know what might happen when you get a group of all-new cars together, the 2007 Champ Car World Series season got off to a great start for Bridgestone Motorsport during the first open test of the year -- one in which 14 pristine Panoz DP01 chassis took to the Sebring short course for a combined 2291 laps over three days.

Conditions went from warm and sunny when testing kicked off on Tuesday to mild and overcast on Wednesday to rainy and blustery on Thursday morning. By Thursday afternoon the sun had appeared once again, and a drying track left the drivers fighting furiously to make the most of the dwindling track time. Oriol Servia, who is not yet signed but was driving for his 2006 PKV Racing squad, set the fastest time of the three days with a lap of 50.741 seconds (118.413 mph).

* Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone brought the "harder," or more durable, of its street course slick and the "softest," or highest-grip of its rain tires to Sebring, and they were both put to the test. Despite an all-new chassis and varying weather conditions, the Potenzas performed their duties with no issues.

* From Oriol Servia, #22 PKV Racing: "The tires were good and very consistent. Even when I braked really hard sometimes, they did not get too messed up. When you have a new car, you really need something consistent in it, and the Bridgestone tires were very consistent throughout every run. We could change different things on the car and focus on that without worrying about the tires. I'm just very happy for the PKV team, they have been working very hard. And Neel (Jani, #21 Red Bull PKV Racing) -- obviously this guy has some talent, right? I hope I can stay here and we can make Newman/Haas a little nervous."

* From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "While not all the team and driver lineups are set, you can bet that Bridgestone is 100 percent ready for the new Champ Car season. We came to the test equipped with a full complement of mounting and balancing machines, as well as a full engineering and support staff in order to maximize the opportunity to learn how the tires work with the new car. I am glad to say that everything went just fine from our perspective, and it was great to come to Sebring and see a lot of old friends as well as some new faces that we are happy to welcome into the Bridgestone Motorsport family."

Testing session temperatures ranged from 51 to 97 degrees track and from 51 to 77 degrees ambient (F).

Testing session temperatures ranged from 10.5 to 36 degrees track and from 10.5 to 25 degrees ambient (C).

-credit: bridgestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia