CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Bridgestone preview

Race Distance: 203.175 miles/329.144 kilometers (75 laps around the 2.709-mile/4.39-kilometer permanent road course). Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 592 dry-condition and 324 wet-condition Potenza race tires for use this ...

Race Distance: 203.175 miles/329.144 kilometers (75 laps around the 2.709-mile/4.39-kilometer permanent road course).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 592 dry-condition and 324 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 (i.e., "softest") and was previously run this season at Brands Hatch, Laguna Seca, Portland and Mid-Ohio. The same compound/construction combination also was utilized last year at Montreal.

* 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:

"Montreal is a microcosm of what's good about the Champ Car World Series and why Bridgestone is so substantially involved. It's a vibrant city whose fans are ravenous for racing, and Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve is a challenging course for drivers and tire supplier alike. We were very pleased with the performance of the Potenza race tires here a year ago, so much so that the Bridgestone engineers decided to return in 2003 with the identical tire specification. The tires provided excellent grip and traction through the tight turns and chicanes in '02, while at the same time holding up to the high speeds of the straightaways. Just like the Champ Cars, Bridgestone had a memorable Montreal debut last year and we look for more of the same excitement, energy and intense competition this time around."

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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