CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Bridgestone race report

Bridgestone helps Herdez beat the Miami Heat with historic 1-2 finish The heat and humidity were almost unbearable on the streets of downtown Miami today, but that didn't prevent Mario Dominguez and Roberto Moreno from driving to the first 1-2...

Bridgestone helps Herdez beat the Miami Heat with historic 1-2 finish

The heat and humidity were almost unbearable on the streets of downtown Miami today, but that didn't prevent Mario Dominguez and Roberto Moreno from driving to the first 1-2 finish in the history of the Herdez Competition racing team. Piloting identical Ford-Cosworth/Lolas on Bridgestone Potenza tires, the Herdez duo drove clean and steady, avoiding the pitfalls that befell a number of early race leaders.

Afterward, the teammates lauded the performance of the Potenzas as a key to their memorable day on the grueling, slick track with constantly changing surfaces.

"Wow, I tell you, if there's a place that you ask a lot out of the tires, it's here," said Dominguez, who picked up his second Champ Car victory. "There's no chance for them to rest and they start to get very, very hot. They get up to temperatures over 200 degrees (Fahrenheit). You're driving constantly in the turns, braking, accelerating. That just puts a tremendous amount of loads on the tires, but the Bridgestones behaved just fantastic - especially in this heat!"

Moreno, whose second-place finish was his best since he won the Molson Indy Vancouver in September of 2001, was happy Bridgestone Motorsport engineers selected the "softest" street-course tire in the Potenza regimen for use this weekend.

"Bridgestone made once again a very good decision in bringing a little softer tire for this racetrack," Moreno commented. "It worked perfect for us, it's been very consistent throughout - like always - and very, very drivable. We had no problem with tires, we're always very, very happy. We could do one set-up on the car and it would stay all day long because the tires never go off."

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Project Supervisor, Bridgestone Motorsport:

"On a weekend that saw some rain, high temperatures and wilting humidity, the Bridgestone Potenzas were once again able to perform extremely well in these adverse conditions. Congratulations to Mario and Roberto, and we feel extremely proud that they felt their Bridgestone Potenzas enabled them to push their cars to the limit while still maintaining control over this tricky course. This weekend provided another fine example of Bridgestone's willingness to respond to suggestions from drivers and teams. They asked for a little softer tire here than last year. We accommodated that request and it seemed to make for better racing."

Race temperatures ranged from 97 to 105 degrees track and from 89 to 93 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 36 to 41 degrees track and from 32 to 34 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Mario Dominguez