CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Bridgestone race report

Allmendinger Survives Wild West Shootout for 4th Win of Season On a day when the standard Bridgestone Potenza tires were the call to make, A.J. Allmendinger stopped early to get his and capitalized by driving away to his fourth victory of the ...

Allmendinger Survives Wild West Shootout for 4th Win of Season

On a day when the standard Bridgestone Potenza tires were the call to make, A.J. Allmendinger stopped early to get his and capitalized by driving away to his fourth victory of the season. Allmendinger made his first pit stop from second place on the 18th of 97 laps, running the black-sidewall standard Potenzas the rest of the way.

Allmendinger chased down and overtook polesitter Sebastien Bourdais on lap 48, leading the rest of the way except for a few laps as the final round of stops cycled through. Allmendinger won by 20.6 seconds over Bruno Junqueira of Newman/Haas Racing, who moved into second after Bourdais and Paul Tracy collided battling for position in the final turn.

From A.J. Allmendinger, #7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"I started on the red Bridgestones, but after about 10 laps they started to go off. The Forsythe crew did a great job calling me in early to put on the black tires. Actually, the first five or six laps on the blacks, it was about the same and I thought it was going to be a long day. My engineer told me it was going to come alive, and it did. Those Bridgestone blacks were great! Once we got 'em going, the car was ballistic fast. The car and the tires just kept getting better and better, so thanks to Bridgestone."

From Bruno Junqueira, #2 Hole in the Wall Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone:

"The Bridgestone black tires were good today. The red tires went off after about 15 laps, but it was the same for everybody. It made the race more exciting."

Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone Motorsport brought proven selections for both its dry-condition tire specifications this weekend. The standard (black-sidewall) spec was run previously this year at Houston, Toronto and San Jose. The higher-grip (red-sidewall) alternate spec saw action at Long Beach, Houston, Toronto and San Jose previously.

From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport:

"We saw today just how important tires can be in making the difference between winning and losing. The drivers who managed their tires the best, finished the best. The standard Bridgestone Potenzas held up extremely well on a track known to be difficult on tires because of its abrasiveness and the lower downforce generated in the thinner air. This is the first time we've brought the alternate tires to Denver, and while they may not have had quite the durability we were seeking, the strategy in when to use the reds definitely had a bearing on the outcome. As always, we'll learn from this and use the experience to fine-tune the Potenzas for the future. It certainly was a wild ending that will have people talking again heading to Montreal."

Race session temperatures ranged from 109 to 103 degrees track and from 81 to 79 degrees ambient (F).

Race session temperatures ranged from 43 to 39 degrees track and from 27 to 26 degrees ambient (C).

-credit: bridgestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger