CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Bridgestone preview

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Grand Prix of Montreal - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Que. August 25-27, 2006 - Round 11 of 14 Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone ...

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS

Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Grand Prix of Montreal - Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Que.

August 25-27, 2006 - Round 11 of 14

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 690 dry-condition ("slicks") and 320 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: Each car receives six sets of standard specification slicks (24 tires) for the weekend, to use in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. The primary Potenza was previously used during the 2006 season as the alternate tire for the race in Cleveland.

Alternate dry-condition tires: Each car receives two sets of alternate slicks (eight tires) to use this weekend; they are easily identified by their bright red sidewalls. At least one set of alternates must be used for a stint in Sunday's race. The Bridgestone alternate tire's construction is identical to the standard slick, but the alternate possesses a tread compound with better grip ("softer"), making it faster but possibly not quite as durable. The alternate tire for Montreal is the same Potenza that was used as the alternate spec in Portland earlier this year.

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 its "softer," or higher-grip rain-tire specification for this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "After a wild weekend in Denver two weeks ago when the tires played such a crucial role in the outcome, we are looking forward to returning to Montreal for another exciting event. The track will demand the most from the Potenzas with its high-speed straights and tight turns and chicanes, so tire management will once again be critical for teams and drivers. Bridgestone is confident that we can meet the challenges this track presents, and I am sure it will result in another great show for the enthusiastic Canadian Champ Car fans."

Bridgestone Pole Position Award update: Sebastian Bourdais clinched the 2006 Bridgestone Pole Position Award two weeks ago in Denver when he claimed his sixth pole of the season. No other driver has more than one pole award thus far. The pole winner at each race earns $5,000, with another $2,500 going to the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps. Bourdais will collect another $20,000 for the season award, and his crew chief will take home $7,500.

-credit: bridgestone

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