CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Bridgestone preview

Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford CENTRIX Financial Grand Prix of Denver Presented by PacifiCare August 12-14, 2005 - Round 9 of 14 Race Distance: 160.729 miles/258.668 kilometers (97 laps on the 1.657-mile...

Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford CENTRIX Financial Grand Prix of Denver Presented by PacifiCare
August 12-14, 2005 - Round 9 of 14

Race Distance: 160.729 miles/258.668 kilometers (97 laps on the 1.657-mile temporary street circuit).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 668 dry-condition and 304 wet-condition Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. For this event, Bridgestone has brought a single dry-tire specification and a single wet-tire specification, allowing every driver equal footing on the racetrack.

* Dry-condition tires ("slicks"): Each car receives eight sets of slicks (32 tires) for the weekend, to use in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Bridgestone Motorsport has brought a proven winning tire for the temporary circuit in Denver. It is the same specification used earlier this season on street courses in Long Beach and Toronto, and was used here at Denver a year ago. Since street-course tires demand the most grip of any type circuit on which the Champ Cars compete, this weekend's Potenza specification contains the "softest" compound formula and sidewall construction of any standard-spec Bridgestone tires in use this season.

* Wet-condition tires ("rains"): Each car receives up to four new sets of grooved-tread Potenza rain tires per weekend on road and street courses, as needed. In addition, each car may use two sets of same-spec rain tires issued at a previous event. Bridgestone has two rain-tire specifications at its disposal, a more durable one for the faster road circuits and a softer version for the slower, tighter tracks. The softer rain tire is available this weekend.

Big Bridgestone Weekend: The Grand Prix of Denver is important to Bridgestone, as evidenced by the many activities the tire maker is participating in surrounding the event. Bridgestone has once again signed on as the Official Tire of the grand prix and has helped pique interest in the race through its "Buy 4, Take 2" promotion - where area Bridgestone retailers are giving a pair of race-day tickets to customers who purchase a set of four Bridgestone Potenza tires. For the second consecutive year, Bridgestone is also title sponsor of the Thursday's Champ Car Night Street Party at Larimer Square.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "It's great to come back to Denver, an event that showed tremendous growth last year and promises to be even more exciting in 2005. Denver is an important market for Bridgestone, and we've taken an active role in promoting the event in the area. As for the racing itself, Denver presents a unique challenge because the thinner mile-high air decreases the aerodynamic downforce generated by the cars. Bridgestone is helping compensate for that by bringing our 'grippiest' standard street-course tire. There was plenty of passing and tight racing here last year using the same spec Potenza, and we expect more of the same this year."

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