CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Bridgestone preview

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS CART FedEx Championship Series - Round 9 of 20 Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland at Burke Lakefront Airport July 12-14, 2002 Race Distance: 242.19 miles (115 laps around the 2.106-mile temporary course). Potenza...

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS

CART FedEx Championship Series - Round 9 of 20 Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland at Burke Lakefront Airport July 12-14, 2002

Race Distance: 242.19 miles (115 laps around the 2.106-mile temporary course).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered more than 1,000 tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone/Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio.

* Dry-condition ("slick") tires: Each car receives eight sets for use throughout practice, qualifying and the race. This is an increase of one set over the normal weekend allotment to account for this year's increase in race length. The tire specification features a totally new compound formula making its debut this weekend. The tire construction is the same as the road course tires used earlier this season at Monterrey (Mexico), Laguna Seca and Portland. This new compound/construction combination also will be used in the 2002 season finale at Mexico City.

* Wet-condition ("rain") tires: Bridgestone Motorsport supplies each car up to four new sets of rain tires per weekend on road and street courses. In addition, teams may bring two additional sets of rain tires per car that were received at a previous event but not used. Since Bridgestone is utilizing a single wet-tire spec at all road/street races in 2002, the unused tires can be carried over to another event without a performance variance.

The Official Tire of CART: Bridgestone entered the FedEx Championship Series in 2002 and serves as the Official Tire of CART. As such, Bridgestone supplies all teams with Potenza racing radials. While it is Bridgestone's first year in this series, the tire manufacturer boasts an enviable racing heritage spanning four decades.

Quote from Al Speyer, Bridgestone Motorsport Executive Director: "Cleveland is a very special event for Bridgestone Motorsport because it's the first of two CART races near our Akron Technical Center. The ATC is where the real genius of our racing program resides and thrives. The Bridgestone engineers, chemists, technicians and tire production associates based in Akron are regarded without peer, yet they continue striving to design, develop and produce even better race tires. They also endeavor to be without equal when it comes to technical service and communication on tire usage with teams and drivers. A perfect example of our commitment is in the Potenzas we'll equip teams with this weekend. We are unveiling a new specification to meet the fast-paced demands that running on airport runways and taxiways places on the tires. The wide open spaces of Burke airport have always been conducive to exciting racing and we're confident this new breed of Bridgestone tire will add to the thrills and memories this weekend."

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