CHAMPCAR/CART: Houston: Bridgestone race report

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA RACE REPORT Champ Car World Series Grand Prix of Houston, JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park Sunday, April 22, 2007 - Round 3 of 16 * Top-5 Finishers: 1. Sebastien Bourdais; 2. Graham Rahal; 3. Robert Doornbos; 4. Oriol ...

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA RACE REPORT
Champ Car World Series

Grand Prix of Houston, JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park
Sunday, April 22, 2007 - Round 3 of 16

* Top-5 Finishers: 1. Sebastien Bourdais; 2. Graham Rahal; 3. Robert Doornbos; 4. Oriol Servia; 5. Simon Pagenaud.

* Temperature ranges (F): Race temperatures ranged from 97 to 92 degrees track and from 81 to 79 degrees ambient.

* Temperature ranges (C): Race temperatures ranged from 36 to 33 degrees track and from 27 to 26 degrees ambient.

Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone engineers brought the softest in their line of street-course primary and alternate tires to Houston - both with extensive past race experience including at Houston in 2006. Every car started the race on alternates, and while most teams ran primary Potenzas the rest of the race after their initial stint, some teams elected to go back to alternates for a later stint (see attached tire selection chart).

From Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "For us, the Bridgestone alternates turned out to be surprisingly great at the beginning of the race. When we put the primes on, we lost the handling for a little bit and it would take like 10 or 15 laps for the car to come to us. It was tough, but the tires were really, really consistent for us."

From Graham Rahal, #2 Medi/ZONE Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "The Bridgestone tires were awesome, even on the reds (alternates). Some people were worried they would go off but I had no problems on that beginning stint. With this heat, it's best to stay with what's most consistent and the blacks (primaries) ended up being that."

From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Another sensational performance from Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing to take a 1-2 finish. Graham Rahal showed today he's going to be a force in this series, but there were also some pretty impressive performances by other newcomers like Robert Doornbos and Simon Pagenaud. Let's not forget about Tristan Gommendy, who nearly made his fuel gamble pay off and was running strong to hold off Sebastien Bourdais on tires with nearly 40 laps on them. We're quite satisfied with the performance of both the Bridgestone primary and alternate tires. The primes may have been the preferred overall choice, but the alternates gave everyone a solid first stint and drivers like Pagenaud, Will Power, Alex Tagliani and Mario Dominguez even chose to go back to the reds later in the race."

-credit: bridgestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Oriol Servia , Graham Rahal , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , Robert Doornbos , Will Power , Simon Pagenaud