BRIDGESTONE POTENZA RACE REPORT Champ Car World Series Gran Premio Tecate presented by Banamaex Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico Sunday, November 11, 2007 - Round 14 of 14 * Top-5 Finishers: 1. Sebastien Bourdais; 2. Will...
BRIDGESTONE POTENZA RACE REPORT
Champ Car World Series
Gran Premio Tecate presented by Banamaex
Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico
Sunday, November 11, 2007 - Round 14 of 14
* Top-5 Finishers: 1. Sebastien Bourdais; 2. Will Power; 3. Oriol Servia; 4. Graham Rahal; 5. Paul Tracy.
* Race temperatures: Ranged from 113-121 F (45-49 C) track and from 71-74 F (22-23 C) ambient.
Bridgestone Race Highlight: Sebastien Bourdais finished his Champ Car career in dominating style, pulling away to victory. It is his eighth win in 2007 (tying a season record) and 31st career triumph (most among Bridgestone drivers, and tying for sixth all-time in the history of Champ Car racing).
Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone returned to Mexico City with the same specification of primary and alternate Potenza tires from 2006. Both performed well on the abrasive, bumpy Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. A majority of drivers ran two stints on the softer, red-sidewall alternate tires because of their speed advantage and long-lasting ability.
From Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing Cosworth/ DP01/Bridgestone: "The McDonald's car was the class of the field today. It was the best thing to be able to finish with a win like that. There was no better happy ending, I guess." ... (on the first race stint, when he and pole sitter Will Power were both on alternate tires) "I was saving more fuel than I needed to, just to be able to put the hammer down in the last few laps in case these awesome Bridgestone tires were going to make it to the end of that stint. They did and I pushed very hard the last two or three laps, and it paid off. I passed Will, pulled a little bit of a gap and that was pretty much the race. We didn't use the second set of alternates. When I saw Will going to primes (for the final stint), I was pretty sure we could hold him off. Both sets of Bridgestone primes were very, very consistent and they worked awesome for us."
From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "A deserving result today for a most deserving driver and champion, our congratulations to Sebastien and his team for concluding his Champ Car career in style. We'll miss him here but we wish him luck as he continues his relationship with Bridgestone in Formula One. Both Potenza specs performed quite well today, with the alternates the tire of choice by most again due to their definite speed advantage. We're pleased with how the tire program worked this season, but we are already in discussions with Champ Car on ways to make it more exciting for the fans in 2008. We're eager to get testing in the off-season and come back next season with refinements we think everyone will appreciate."