CHAMPCAR/CART: Lexington: Bridgestone race report

"The King of Ohio" Patrick Carpentier wins second Ohio race of the season. Patrick Carpentier endured the 206.769-mile race at the 2002 CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio to take his second win on Bridgestone tires in his Player's Ltd/Indeck...

"The King of Ohio" Patrick Carpentier wins second Ohio race of the season.

Patrick Carpentier endured the 206.769-mile race at the 2002 CART Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio to take his second win on Bridgestone tires in his Player's Ltd/Indeck Ford/Reynard on Bridgestone tires. Carpentier started from the pole position and dominated the race to take the checkered flag, winning his second race in as many starts in Ohio. Carpentier won the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland in July.

It was a great weekend for the Canadian driver as he took the maximum points allowable for a race weekend by capturing the provisional pole, the pole and the win. During the race, Carpentier reached his 200th career lap led and increased that number significantly during the 92 laps on the road course.

"I've been very happy with my Bridgestone Potenza tires at this track," Carpentier said. "They've been consistent during the weekend of racing. The tires really held up at the end of the run."

Player's Ltd./Forsythe Racing owner Gerald Forsythe echoed his driver's remarks. "I'd like to thank Bridgestone for giving us such great tires this weekend," Forsythe said. "We can't express our thanks enough to Bridgestone for supporting us in this series. And we hope they will continue their involvement in CART next year."

Joe Barbieri, Bridgestone Motorsport Project Supervisor: "The course here at Mid-Ohio certainly makes for a challenging day for the drivers, the cars and the tires. We'd like to congratulate Patrick Carpentier and the Player's/Forsythe team on a superb weekend. The tires that were used during this race are made at our technical facility in Akron, Ohio, and we're very proud of their performance. The Bridgestones allowed Patrick to run some of the fastest laps of the race - many of those with numerous laps on the tires"

Race temperatures ranged from 118 to 126 degrees track and from 89 to 92 degrees ambient (F); Race temperatures ranged from 48 to 52 degrees track and from 32 to 33 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Gerald Forsythe