CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Bridgestone preview

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered more than 1,000 tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone/Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. * Dry-condition ("slick") tires: Each car has seven sets at its ...

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered more than 1,000 tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone/Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio.

* Dry-condition ("slick") tires: Each car has seven sets at its disposal for use throughout practice, qualifying and the race. The tire specification this weekend is one of three road course designs that Bridgestone Motorsport engineers have developed for use in 2002. This Potenza spec, possessing the most grip of the road course versions, was employed previously this year at Monterrey (Mexico), Laguna Seca, Portland and Mid-Ohio.

* Wet-condition ("rain") tires: Bridgestone supplies each car up to four new sets of rain tires per weekend on road and street courses, as needed. In addition, teams may bring two additional sets of rain tires per car that they received at a previous event but did not use. Since Bridgestone is utilizing a single wet-tire spec at all road/street events in 2002, tires may be carried over to another weekend without a performance variance. CART's decision permitting teams to carry the additional rain sets assures drivers a sufficient number should wet conditions persist on a race weekend.

The Official Tire of CART: Bridgestone joins the FedEx Championship Series in 2002 as the Official Tire of CART and supplies all teams with Potenza racing radials. While it is Bridgestone's first year in this series, the tire manufacturer boasts an enviable racing heritage spanning four decades.

Al Speyer, Bridgestone Motorsport Executive Director:

"Montreal provides another exciting new venue for the FedEx Championship Series, and Bridgestone is pleased with the opportunity to assist in putting on a great show for the fans there. Since the Champ cars have no prior experience on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the Bridgestone Motorsport engineers relied on computer models predicting average speeds and g-force loads, as well as their vast knowledge of similar tracks, to select the tire specification for this weekend. Plus we have the added bonus of tapping into the minds of the Bridgestone Formula One program engineers for invaluable insight into tire preparation for Montreal. What resulted was the decision to utilize the tire spec already proven numerous times this year on other courses placing similar demands on the tires. Bridgestone Motorsport is quite confident these Potenza race tires will go a long way in helping CART put on a most memorable Montreal premiere."

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