CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Bridgestone preview

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford 25th Grand Prix of Cleveland - Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio June 23-25, 2006 - Round 6 of 15 Race Distance: 204.282 miles/328.76 km (97...

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS
Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford
25th Grand Prix of Cleveland - Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio
June 23-25, 2006 - Round 6 of 15

Race Distance: 204.282 miles/328.76 km (97 laps on the 2.106-mile/3.389-km temporary road course).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 730 dry-condition ("slicks") and 288 wet-condition ("rains") Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. Per Champ Car World Series regulations, Bridgestone brought two dry-tire specifications and a single wet-tire spec, broken down in the following manner:

* Standard dry-condition tires: Each car receives seven sets of standard specification slicks (28 tires) for the weekend, to use in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. The standard slick for Cleveland makes its debut this weekend, but its performance should mirror that of the 2005 standard-spec tire for Cleveland. The spec falls in the middle of the compound durability range of Bridgestone road-course tires. For comparison's sake, the Cleveland standard tire is one step "harder" than the standard tire employed last weekend in Portland.

* Alternate dry-condition tires: Each car receives two sets of alternate slicks (eight tires) to use this weekend. The alternate tires are easily identified by their bright red sidewalls. At least one set of alternates must be used for a stint in Sunday's race, but there is no mandate to when or how long the set must be run. The Bridgestone alternate tire's construction is identical to the standard slick, but the alternate possesses a tread compound with moderately better grip ("softer"), making it faster but possibly not quite as durable. The Cleveland alternate spec was actually the standard spec in 2005 at Monterrey, Portland and Montreal.

* Wet-condition tires ("rains"): Each car receives up to four new sets of grooved-tread Potenza rain tires (16 tires) per weekend on road and street courses, as needed. In additio n, each car may use two sets of same-spec rain tires issued at a previous event. Bridgestone officials opted for the more durable of its two rain-tire specifications for this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "It's wonderful to see the Grand Prix of Cleveland, a mainstay on the Champ Car schedule, celebrating its silver anniversary. Bridgestone is again playing a big part in race weekend, serving as Official Tire of the event and namesake of the Bridgestone Paddock, where fans can get an up-close look at the drivers and teams working on cars. The Potenza race tires are made nearby in Akron and our credit card division is located in the Cleveland suburb of Brook Park, so this is Bridgestone's 'home race.' That will be well in evidence on Sunday, when we entertain about 1,000 teammates, associates and guests. They should see another wide-open, exciting race, thanks in great part to the sensational and reliable Bridgestone tires we're providing this weekend."

Bridgestone Pole Position Award update: Three drivers have combined to win the five Bridgestone Pole Positions thus far in 2006 (Sebastien Bourdais three times, Mario Dominguez and Bruno Junqueira one apiece). The pole winner at each race earns a $5,000 bonus and trophy from Bridgestone, with another $2,500 going to the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Mario Dominguez