CHAMPCAR/CART: Mid-Ohio: Bridgestone preview

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 620 dry-condition and 340 wet-condition Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. Per Champ Car World Series regulations, ...

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 620 dry-condition and 340 wet-condition 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 brings a single dry-tire specification and a single wet-tire spec, allowing every driver equal footing on the racetrack.

* Dry-condition tires ("slicks"): Each car receives seven sets of slicks (28 tires) for the weekend, to use in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Bridgestone Motorsport engineers have chosen their most popular road-course tire specification for this weekend. It contains the compound formula with the most grip and was previously run this season at Brands Hatch, Laguna Seca and Portland. The same compound/construction combination was utilized a year ago at Mid-Ohio.

* 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 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 road-course rain tire is available this weekend if needed.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "For the second straight weekend the Champ Cars visit a traditional Midwestern road course, but the varying demands of each require that we bring a different Potenza race tire for Mid-Ohio than we did for Road America. Mid-Ohio is almost half the distance of Road America and the cars don't carry as much high speed for the lengths of time they did last weekend, so we're able to utilize a 'softer' tire at Mid-Ohio that will give them additional grip throughout. This Bridgestone tire spec has already proven itself at Mid-Ohio in 2002 and on other circuits this season, and we're confident in its abilities to get the job done again this weekend."

Bridgestone Takes on Series Sponsor Status: Bridgestone entered Champ Car competition in 2002 as Official Tire Supplier to every entrant. The world's largest tire and rubber company increased its stake and profile in 2003, becoming series sponsor of what is now known as Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

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