BRIDGESTONE POTENZA RACE REPORT
Champ Car World Series - San Jose Grand Prix at Redback Raceway
Streets of San Jose, Calif.
Sunday, July 29, 2007 - Round 9 of 16
* Top-5 Finishers: 1. Robert Doornbos; 2. Neel Jani; 3. Oriol Servia; 4. Will Power; 5. Sebastien Bourdais.
* Temperature ranges: Race temperatures ranged from 128-131 F (53-55 C) track and from 79-82 F (26-27 C) ambient.
Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone engineers returned to San Jose with the same specification of primary Potenza tires that ran here last year. These specs, representing the softest of Bridgestone's street-course compounds, performed well here, as they have on all of the other street circuits this year. The alternate red-sidewall tire was a new specification based on the cutting-edge technology we first ran at Long Beach this year. A chart with each driver's tire use today is attached.
From Robert Doornbos, #4 Team Minardi USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "We struggled with the tires a bit during the weekend, especially during qualifying, but during the race, we put on the black (primary) Bridgestone tires, which worked very good for our setup and very good for our car. I could conserve them very well with my right foot (braking) and then save the best for the end. In the end, Neil was on the red (alternate) tires, and I could pass him and just drive away easily. So, well done to Bridgestone for how we ended the weekend."
From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "It was another eventful race here on the streets of San Jose. Congratulations to Robert Doornbos and Team Minardi USA - who would have thought that they would win the race after they lost a front wing on the first lap! Fuel and tires were obviously two big factors in today's event. Bridgestone took a chance this weekend and brought a brand-new alternate tire that was intended to give drivers more grip. However, it turned out that most cars ran better on the black primary tires on the last stint, when it mattered most, so teams that made that decision had the upper hand. While I'm sure not everyone is thrilled with the end result, tires definitely created more passing opportunities and action on the race track, which is what they were designed to do. For a track that is notorious for a lack of passing opportunities, there certainly were plenty today."