CHAMPCAR/CART: Edmonton: Bridgestone preview

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix-City Centre Airport, Edmonton, Alberta July 21-23, 2006 - Round 8 of 15 Race Distance: 167.705 miles/269.895 km (85 laps...

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS
Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford
West Edmonton Mall Grand Prix-City Centre Airport, Edmonton, Alberta
July 21-23, 2006 - Round 8 of 15

Race Distance: 167.705 miles/269.895 km (85 laps around the 1.973-mile/3.175-km airport circuit).

Television Broadcast: Live - Sunday, July 23 at 1 p.m. EDT on CBS.

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 690 dry-condition ("slicks") and 304 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 six sets of standard specification slicks (24 tires) for the weekend, to use in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Bridgestone brought the same primary tires used at the other airport circuit on the schedule, Burke Lakefront in Cleveland last month. The spec falls in the middle of the compound durability range of Bridgestone road-course tires. For comparison's sake, the Edmonton/Cleveland standard tire is one step "harder" than the standard tire employed in Portland.

Alternate dry-condition tires: Each car receives two sets of alternate slicks (eight tires) to use this weekend; they are easily identified by their bright red sidewalls. At least one set of alternates must be used for a stint in Sunday's race. The Bridgestone alternate tire's construction is identical to the standard slick, but the alternate possesses a tread compound with better grip ("softer"), making it faster but possibly not quite as durable. The alternate tire for Edmonton is a newly developed tire for 2006, but it has already seen significant track time, serving as the standard-spec Potenza for the race weekends earlier this year in Portland and Monterrey.

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 addition, each car may use two sets of same-spec rain tires issued at a previous event. Bridgestone officials opted for its "harder," or more durable rain-tire specification for this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport:

"Last year certainly proved that Edmonton fans are enthusiastic about Champ Car racing, so we are really looking forward to returning to the crowds and excitement that the event is sure to offer. And, if Cleveland last month is any indication, the drivers are going to put on quite a show on the airport circuit with the standard and alternate spec Potenzas that we have chosen for this race. With the points battle heating up as the second half of the season gets underway, Edmonton has a great buzz surrounding it. Bridgestone is thrilled to be a part of such a fantastic event."

Bridgestone Pole Position Award update: Two weeks ago in Toronto, Justin Wilson became the fifth driver to collect a Bridgestone Pole Position Award this season, joining Sebastien Bourdais (3), Mario Dominguez (1), Bruno Junqueira (1) and A.J. Allmendinger (1). The pole winner at each race earns a $5,000 bonus and trophy, with another $2,500 going to the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps.

-bridgestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger