CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Bridgestone pole winner report

Tracy Wins First Bridgestone Pole Award Paul Tracy of Forsythe Championship Racing earned the first ever Bridgestone Pole Award in today's final qualifying session at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Established as part of ...

Tracy Wins First Bridgestone Pole Award

Paul Tracy of Forsythe Championship Racing earned the first ever Bridgestone Pole Award in today's final qualifying session at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Established as part of Bridgestone Motorsports' presenting sponsorship, the Bridgestone Pole Award makes its debut this weekend and will continue throughout the 2005 season.

In conjunction with the Bridgestone Pole Award, $10,000 in monetary awards will be handed out at each Champ Car event -- $5,000 will be awarded to the polesitter, $2,500 will go to Hole in the Wall Camps and $2,500 will go a local charity in each market. The local recipient for this weekend's event is the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach.

Tracy won the pole with a last-minute stint on his Bridgestone Potenza alternate specification race tires, setting a new track record with a lap of 1:07.485 (104.983 mph).

"I wanted to make sure I could get a good time on standard tires," said Tracy. "Once I knew I could get that time, I knew I could go even faster on the alternate tires. I just had to go out there and find some space to do it."

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Congratulations to Paul and his team for winning the first ever Bridgestone Pole Award. The fact that he did it using our higher-grip alternate tires certainly makes it a perfect run from our perspective."

Note: In addition to the Bridgestone Pole Award monetary prizes handed out at each event, Bridgestone will also present $20,000 to the driver who finishes the season with the most pole wins in 2005, as well as $10,000 to that driver's crew chief.

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Series IndyCar
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