CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Bridgestone preview

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS Champ Car World Series Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach, Calif. April 13-15, 2007 - Round 2 of 16 Race Details: Timed event -- 1 hour, 45 minutes. Track distance is 1.968 miles (3.167 ...

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS
Champ Car World Series
Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Streets of Long Beach, Calif.
April 13-15, 2007 - Round 2 of 16

Race Details: Timed event -- 1 hour, 45 minutes. Track distance is 1.968 miles (3.167 km).

Television Broadcast: Live -- Sunday, April 15, at 4 p.m. EDT on NBC.

Bridgestone Potenza Tires Supplied:

* 546 primary (black-sidewall) dry-condition slicks; 176 alternate (red-sidewall) dry slicks; 304 wet-condition (rain) tires.

* Each car receives seven sets of primary tires, two sets of alternates and four sets of rain tires for the race weekend.

* In a normal dry-condition race, each car must use at least one set of primary and one set of alternate Potenzas. The primary and alternate tires' construction is identical, but the alternates possess a tread compound with better grip ("softer"), making them faster but possibly not quite as durable.

* Bridgestone Motorsport is bringing its softest, or highest-grip, primary, alternate and rain Potenzas to tackle this twisting temporary street circuit. The primary specification is new to Long Beach, but is a race-proven tire used at five other street circuits in 2006 and Las Vegas last weekend. The alternate spec boasts a newly developed compound and makes its racing debut this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Everyone in Champ Car, including Bridgestone, enjoys returning each year to the flagship race in Long Beach. The people here have set the standard on how to run an event well, and we're pleased that Bridgestone again will be the Official Tire for the grand prix. Bridgestone also continues supplying tires for the popular Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race, this year utilizing the Potenza RE-01R favored by many sports-car enthusiasts. We introduced the Champ Car alternate tire concept at Long Beach in 2004 and it has been embraced ever since. Both the primary and alternate tires have performed quite well here in the past. We expect that to continue in 2007 and contribute to another memorable Long Beach grand prix."

-credit: bridgestone

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