CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Bridgestone preview

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Gran Premio Telmex/Tecate - Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City November 4-6, 2005 - Round 13 of 13 Race Distance: 195.020 miles/313.854 ...

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS

Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Gran Premio Telmex/Tecate - Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City
November 4-6, 2005 - Round 13 of 13

Race Distance: 195.020 miles/313.854 kilometers (70 laps around the 2.786-mile permanent road course).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 790 dry-condition ("slicks") and 344 wet-condition ("rains") Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio, U.S. 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 midrange standard road-course compound and construction that Bridgestone employs in the series. The same spec was used earlier this season at Cleveland and Edmonton.

* 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 bright red sidewalls. At least one complete 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"). While the alternate tire contains additional speed potential, it trades away some of the long-lasting durability of the standard dry-condition tires.

* 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. The more durable rain tire is available this weekend.

Bridgestone/Mexico Builds Pre-race Excitement: Bridgestone retailers around Mexico City conducted a successful pre-race promotion offering race-day tickets or special-edition Bridgestone caps embroidered with Champ Car driver Mario Dominguez's autograph to purchasers of Bridgestone tires. Those buying a set of four tires could also enter a contest to win entry to the "Bridgestone Speed Zone," which included pit passes, pace-car rides, exclusive insights from the Bridgestone Motorsport team and a chance to meet Dominguez.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "We come to the close of another exciting Champ Car season this weekend, and while the title has been decided, the Mexico City race never fails to provide us with more great pageantry, racing and memories. Bridgestone is again doing its part with the pre-race promotion and on the racetrack by bringing back our alternate tire concept for this race. The 'red stripe' Potenzas were instrumental in determining the outcome here last year and we expect the strategies teams utilize on when and how long to run their alternate sets to play pivotal roles once more."

Bridgestone Pole Award: A new prize in 2005, the Bridgestone Pole Award earns the pole winner at each race $5,000 U.S. and a one-of-a-kind trophy. Bridgestone also donates in the Pole Award winner's honor $2,500 to the Hole in the Wall Camps and another $2,500 to a local charity (this weekend to McDonald's World Children's Day).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez