CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Bridgestone preview

Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey - Fundidora Park, Monterrey, Mexico May 19-21, 2006 - Round 3 of 15 Race Distance: 159.904 miles/257.341 km (76 laps on the 2.104-mile/3.386-km ...

Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey - Fundidora Park, Monterrey, Mexico May 19-21, 2006 - Round 3 of 15

Race Distance: 159.904 miles/257.341 km (76 laps on the 2.104-mile/3.386-km permanent road course).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 689 dry-condition ("slicks") and 304 wet-condition ("rains") 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 two dry-tire specifications and a single wet-tire spec, broken down in the following manner:

* Standard dry-condition tires ("slicks"): Each car receives six sets of standard slicks (24 tires) for the weekend, to use in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. The standard slick specification for Monterrey is a new tire for 2006 and the highest-grip standard road-course compound. It was tested successfully in last month's open test at Portland.

* Alternate dry-condition tires: Each car receives two sets of alternate slicks (eight tires) to use this weekend. The alternate tires are easily identifiable by their bright red sidewalls. At least one set (new or used) of alternates must be used for a stint in Sunday's race, but there is no mandate to when or how long the set must be run. The construction of the alternate tire is identical to the standard slick, but the alternate tire possesses a tread compound with moderately increased grip ("softer"), making the tire faster, although possibly not quite as durable. Like the standard Potenza tire spec this weekend, the alternate spec is new for 2006 as well.

* Wet-condition tires ("rains"): Each car receives up to four new sets of grooved-tread Potenza rain tires (16 tires) per weekend on road and street courses, as needed. In addition, each car may use two sets of same-spec rain tires issued at a previous event. Bridgestone officials opted for the "grippier" of its two rain-tire specifications for this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "It's always great to be racing in front of the passionate Mexican fans, but they should be at a fever pitch following the tremendous performance last weekend in Houston by their native son, Mario Dominguez. Just as Mario and all of the Champ Car drivers strive to keep getting better, Bridgestone continues the task of trying to improve on the great Potenza race tires we develop. Along those lines, we're unveiling new specs for both the standard and alternate slicks this weekend. Fundidora Park is always a challenge because it's lack of use and dusty condition makes it difficult to achieve much grip, but we are optimistic the new Potenza slicks will give the drivers an assist this weekend while maintaining their typical consistency and durability."

Bridgestone Pole Position Qualifying Show: A 30-minute recap of the two days of Monterrey qualifying airs at 8 p.m. EDT Saturday on SPEED. Sebastien Bourdais and Mario Dominguez have claimed one Bridgestone Pole Position Award apiece in 2006, with each earning a $5,000 bonus for the effort and another $2,500 going to the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps at each race. The driver with the most pole positions in '06 wins an additional $20,000 and the chief mechanic of that car takes home $7,500.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais