CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Bridgestone preview

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 700 dry-condition and 340 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, ...

Potenza Race Tires Supplied:

Bridgestone delivered 700 dry-condition and 340 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 eight sets of slicks (32 tires) for the weekend, to use in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Bridgestone Motorsport engineers return to rural Wisconsin with an established race tire, opting to bring the same tread compound/sidewall construction formula Potenza as used at Road America in 2002.

* 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:

"Like everyone else, Bridgestone is pleased that this weekend's race was returned to the schedule and we're thankful that longtime Bridgestone/Firestone ally Mario Andretti took such an active role in mediating an agreement. It's appropriate that a driver as great as Mario should be honored with a race weekend for him at such a great, traditional circuit. Road America is a favorite of nearly everyone in this series, including Bridgestone, but it poses unique challenges for a tire supplier. It's easily the longest track of any on the schedule, and most of it is driven at high speeds and with tremendously high loads exerted on the tires through many of the high-speed turns. We must therefore develop an extremely durable tire to withstand those stresses, and this weekend's Potenza is our 'hardest' road course version. Still, car set-up and driving style will play a determining role in the driver's ability to get the most out of the Potenzas for the longest time. As usual, we'll pay close attention to tire wear throughout the weekend and work with all teams to help them maximize their performance."

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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mario Andretti