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 - The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis. June 2-4, 2006 - Round 4 of 15 Race Distance: 232.2 miles/373.7 kilometers...

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS

Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford
Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 - The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis. June 2-4, 2006 - Round 4 of 15

Race Distance: 232.2 miles/373.7 kilometers (225 laps around the 1.032-mile/1.661-km oval).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 924 dry-condition ("slicks") 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 brought a single tire specification. Each participating car is allotted four sets of tires (16 total tires) to use Friday for the open test day, but none of those sets may be carried over to the remainder of the weekend. For official race weekend competition Saturday and Sunday, each car receives eight sets (32 total tires) to use at its team's discretion during practice, qualifying and the race.

New and Improved: The Bridgestone tires for this weekend at Milwaukee feature all-new tread compounds and new sidewall constructions for all four tire positions (right front, left front, right rear, left rear). The changes should still provide similar grip and wear characteristics to the Potenza tires that performed so well at Milwaukee in 2005.

Helping the Champ Car World Go 'Round: This is the lone oval track on the 2006 Champ Car schedule, meaning it's also the only track where Bridgestone employs "stagger" to aid the cars. Stagger is achieved by molding the right-rear tire with a slightly larger diameter than the left-rear tire. While minimal in size difference (approximately 0.42 of an inch), the stagger helps the Champ Cars turn more smoothly and naturally on the ovals that feature all left-hand turns.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Milwaukee is a great traditional race and we always enjoy returning to 'The Mile.' The track is relatively flat, making it a challenge for driver and tire supplier alike. Bridgestone could have returned with the same tire specification as last year and been fine, but we opted to fine-tune both the compound and construction of the tire for 2006. We're confident these changes will provide at least as good of grip and durability as a year ago, if not better."

Bridgestone Pole Position Award Update: Series points leader Sebastien Bourdais is also the current leader in the chase for the season-ending Bridgestone Pole Position Award. Bourdais has collected two poles thus far in 2006, to one for Mario Dominguez. The pole winner at each event this season wins $5,000, with another $2,500 donated to the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps. The driver with the most poles at season's end receives another $20,000, with his or her chief mechanic getting an additional $7,500.

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