CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Bridgestone preview

Race Distance: 214.011 miles/344.417 kilometers (79 laps on the 2.709-mile permanent road course). Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 668 dry-condition and 304 wet-condition Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All ...

Race Distance: 214.011 miles/344.417 kilometers (79 laps on the 2.709-mile permanent road course).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 668 dry-condition and 304 wet-condition Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. For this event, Bridgestone has brought a single dry-tire specification and a single wet-tire specification, allowing every driver equal footing on the racetrack.

* Dry-condition tires ("slicks"): Each car receives eight sets of slicks (32 tires) for the weekend, to use in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Bridgestone Motorsport brought a proven winning tire for the circuit on Ile Notre Dame. It is the same standard specification used earlier this season on road courses in Monterrey (Mexico) and Portland, and was used at Montreal a year ago. This weekend's Potenza specification contains the "softest" compound formula and sidewall construction of any standard-spec Bridgestone road-course tires in use this season.

* 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 same-spec rain tires issued at a previous event. Bridgestone has two rain-tire specifications at its disposal, a more durable one for the faster road circuits and a softer version for the slower, tighter tracks. The softer rain tire is available this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "We're excited to return to Canada, where the fans are passionate about their Champ Car racing. The slick Montreal circuit is demanding on tires, with its high-speed straights and tight turns and chicanes, but the Potenza specification we're providing this weekend has already shown that it can stand up to the challenges of this track. Even with the surface being repaved since last year, we're confident the Bridgestone tires will again do the job and deliver the grip and consistency that the drivers depend on from us."

Bridgestone Pole Award update: Thus far in 2005, five different Champ Car drivers have won at least one Bridgestone Pole Award. Paul Tracy of Forsythe Championship Racing and Sebastien Bourdais of Newman/Haas Racing have each taken three Pole Awards, which earn the drivers a $5,000 (U.S.) check and unique trophy for each pole position. Plus, Bridgestone donates $2,500 (U.S.) to the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps and another $2,500 to a local charity at every event. The driver with the most pole positions in 2005 will lay claim to a $30,000 (U.S.) award from Bridgestone.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais