CHAMPCAR/CART: Portland: Bridgestone preview

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway, Portland, Ore. June 20-22, 2003 - Round 8 of 19 Race Distance: 196.9 miles (100 laps around the ...

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS
Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford
G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway, Portland, Ore.
June 20-22, 2003 - Round 8 of 19

Race Distance: 196.9 miles (100 laps around the 1.969-mile 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 CART Champ Car World Series regulations, Bridgestone brings a single dry tire specification and a single wet spec, allowing every team and driver equal footing on the racetrack.

* Dry-condition tires ("slicks"): Each car receives up to seven sets of slicks (28 tires) for race weekend, to use as its team sees fit in practice, qualifying and the race. Bridgestone Motorsport engineers chose a tire specification for Portland that displayed its prowess just a week ago. Available for use is the Potenza road course tire with the highest level of grip - i.e., Bridgestone's "softest" current road course tire. It is the same tire spec utilized last weekend at Laguna Seca and also earlier this season at Brands Hatch, England.

* Wet-condition tires ("rains"): Bridgestone supplies each car up to four new sets of grooved-tread rain tires per race weekend on road and street courses, as needed. In addition, teams may bring two sets of rain tires per car issued at a previous event. Since Portland is a traditional permanent circuit, Bridgestone brought its road course rain tire for use during wet periods this weekend. This tire spec was used on all road and street circuits in 2002, but with development of a new street-course specific Bridgestone rain tire for this year, the returning tire has been designated for road courses only in '03.

Bridgestone Takes on Presenting 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 Presenting Sponsor of what is now known as Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "We feel confident in the abilities of the Bridgestone tires for this weekend after seeing how well the same spec tire performed at Laguna Seca. The Potenzas contributed to some highly competitive racing then and we expect much of the same this weekend. A hot topic this season has been tire conservation in races since Champ Cars no longer have traction control. While any race tire, no matter how strong, can be worn out if improperly used, the Potenzas have displayed remarkable resiliency this year despite the demands placed upon them every single lap on the wide variety of circuits where CART competes. Last weekend, for example, other than some flat-spotted tires caused when drivers locked up their brakes attempting bold maneuvers, the Bridgestone tires received rave reviews for their consistency and durability on one of the most challenging courses on the schedule. We look for that same sensational performance result again at another demanding circuit in Portland."

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