CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Bridgestone preview

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach, Calif. April 7-9, 2006 -- Round 1 of 15 Race Distance: 149.57 miles (76 laps around...

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS

Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach, Calif. April 7-9, 2006 -- Round 1 of 15

Race Distance: 149.57 miles (76 laps around the 1.968-mile temporary street course).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 654 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 slicks (24 tires) for the weekend, to use in practice, qualifying and race sessions. The standard dry-condition specification contains the "softest" standard tire compound and construction that Bridgestone employs in the series. It is the same spec run at Long Beach in 2004 and 2005.

* Alternate dry-condition tires: Each car receives two sets of alternate slicks (eight tires) to use this weekend. The alternate tires are easily identifiable by their red-colored sidewalls. At least one set (new or used) of alternates must be used for a stint in Sunday's race, but there is no mandate to when or how long the set must be run. The construction of the alternate tire is identical to the standard slick, but the alternate tire possesses a tread compound with moderately increased grip ("softer"), making the tire faster, although possibly not quite as durable.

* Wet-condition tires ("rains"): Each car receives up to four new sets of grooved-tread Potenza rain 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 has two rain-tire specifications at its disposal, one for the faster permanent road circuits and another for the slower, tighter street courses. The street-course rain tire is available this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport:
"Long Beach is such a big race for us for so many reasons--first and foremost it's our 16th straight year here as a manufacturer and our fifth consecutive season as Official Tire for the grand prix. Our involvement at this venue is also expanding as we kicked off the week with our first drifting podium finish, by Rhys Millen last Sunday when we debuted the new Bridgestone RE01R, also being used in this weekend's Toyota Pro/Celebrity race. We're also excited to bring back our alternate tire here for the third season--an element of Champ Car competition that has added a new dimension to races for the past two seasons. Last but not least, we're expecting nearly 700 Bridgestone guests this weekend--all armed with Bridgestone clappers and ready to make a lot of noise on Sunday. We're certain it's going to be an incredible weekend."

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