CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Bridgestone preview

Race Distance: 186.53 miles (115 laps around the 1.622-mile temporary street circuit). Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered more than 1,000 tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone/Firestone Technical Center...

Race Distance: 186.53 miles (115 laps around the 1.622-mile temporary street circuit).

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 up to eight sets (32 tires) to use throughout practice, qualifying and the race - an increase by CART of one set over the normal weekend allocation to give teams extra track time to adjust to the new circuit. The tire specification this weekend is the "harder" of the two street course designs that Bridgestone Motorsport engineers have developed for 2002. Denver marks the debut of this Potenza spec; it is also slated for use later in the season at Surfers Paradise, Australia.

* Wet-condition ("rain") tires: Bridgestone supplies each car up to four new sets of rain tires per weekend on road and street courses, as needed. In addition, teams may bring two additional sets of rain tires per car that they received at a previous event but did not use. Since Bridgestone is utilizing a single wet-tire spec at all road/street events in 2002, tires can be carried over to another weekend without a performance variance. CART's decision permitting teams to carry the additional rain sets assures drivers a sufficient number should wet conditions persist on a race weekend.

Bridgestone Technology Showcased in Dual Demonstration at Denver: While all the Champ cars running the streets of Denver this weekend ride on Bridgestone Potenza racing radials, other Bridgestone-equipped vehicles will be on the Pepsi Center ice rink for a performance demonstration of the Bridgestone Blizzak ice and snow tire line. The dual demonstration of superior Bridgestone technology goes from hot to cold, from outside to inside, all weekend long.

Al Speyer, Bridgestone Motorsport Executive Director: "We're very excited about CART's return to Denver, a thriving market important to Bridgestone. Fans will have an opportunity to see two very different kinds of Bridgestone technology this weekend: The technology that allows some of the world's fastest race cars to take on a tough new street course, and the technology that allows everyday drivers to start, stop and corner effectively on a slick bed of ice in the Pepsi Center. From scorching heat to freezing cold, fans will see how Bridgestone tires give drivers a competitive edge. This dual demonstration - a first for us - lets consumers witness first-hand how Bridgestone tires perform in extreme driving conditions, providing outstanding grip and handling. We think the fans will be pleased with what they see, both on the street and on the ice."

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