CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Bridgestone preview

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 at The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis. June 4-5, 2005 -- Round 3 of 14 Race Distance: 232.2 miles/373.7...

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS

Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 at The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis. June 4-5, 2005 -- Round 3 of 14

Race Distance: 232.2 miles/373.7 kilometers (225 laps around the 1.032-mile oval).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 744 dry-condition Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. The "slicks" --tires with a smooth tread surface -- for this weekend come from the identical tire specification that Bridgestone Motorsport engineers utilized in the open test last month at The Milwaukee Mile, as well as the same spec as used in last year's race here. A Champ Car official randomly selects tires for each car, guaranteeing every driver equal footing on the racetrack.

A Stagger-ing Effect: This being the first oval event on the 2005 Champ Car World Series schedule, it means the Bridgestone Potenza race tires will employ the concept of "stagger" this weekend. Stagger is achieved when the diameter of the right-rear tire is purposely made slightly greater than that of the left-rear tire. This effect helps the Champ Cars turn more smoothly and naturally on ovals, much the way a Styrofoam cup will naturally roll in a tight circle when placed on its side (with the smaller base end of the cup always remaining on the inside of the circle). The size differential in the Potenza oval tires is minimal -- the right rear's diameter is 0.42 of an inch greater than the left rear's diameter -- but the effect is very similar to that of the rolling cup.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "We always enjoy returning to The Milwaukee Mile, which just breathes with tradition and heritage. The greatest racers of generations have competed here. The tight, flat surface makes it one of the most difficult on the Champ Car schedule for driver and equipment alike. Bridgestone is returning with the same tire specification as we selected for last year's Milwaukee race and for the test session here in May. Knowing how well that spec performed in both those instances gives us tremendous confidence in the way we expect the Potenzas to meet the challenge again this weekend."

Bridgestone Pole Award: Bridgestone Motorsport is proud to present $10,000 in monetary awards in conjunction with the Bridgestone Pole Award. The driver who wins the pole earns $5,000, with $2,500 earmarked for the Hole in the Wall Camps (Official Charity of Champ Car) and $2,500 to a local charity in each race market. The local charity for this weekend is Variety -- The Children's Charity of Wisconsin. In addition to the monetary prizes, the Bridgestone Pole Award winner receives a one-of-a-kind trophy handmade by a camper at Camp Boggy Creek, one of the Hole in the Wall Camps.

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