BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS
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Lexmark Indy 300 - Streets of Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia
October 21-23, 2005 - Round 12 of 13
Race Distance: 159.315 miles/256.393 kilometers (57 laps on the 2.795-mile temporary street circuit).
Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered via cargo ship 666 dry-condition and 304 wet-condition Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio, U.S. For this event, Bridgestone has brought a single dry-tire specification and a single wet-tire specification, 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 shipped a new tire specification for use Down Under this weekend that relies on some old Potenza street-course favorite compounds and constructions. The compound formula is the same as utilized last year at Surfers Paradise, while the tire construction mimics that of the 2003 Australia spec. The tread-area compound's "softness" is slightly harder (midrange) than what has been run on the series' other temporary street courses this season to accommodate for the length of the Surfers circuit and its long, high-speed straightaways.
* 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 same-spec rain tires issued at a previous event. Bridgestone has two rain-tire specifications at its disposal, a more durable one for the faster road circuits and a softer version for the slower, tighter tracks. The softer rain tire is available this weekend.
Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Surfers Paradise is one of the most enjoyable racing locales for any series, anywhere, and we're glad to be coming back Down Under. While Bridgestone is bringing a new race tire that has never been run a full race weekend before, this specification did receive a sneak peek here last year. We allowed each car in 2004 to run one set of this spec during the Friday practice session, using the data gathered from that exercise to confirm the worthiness of this spec. So it was like a mini-tire test session, something rare and quite beneficial for us on a temporary circuit, and the spec passed with flying colors. We expect this new Potenza to stand up quite well to the rigors of this tight yet fast street course."
Bridgestone Pole Award: New for 2005, Bridgestone Motorsport is offering $10,000 U.S. for each pole position this season - with half the prize going to the pole-winning driver and the other half split among two charities. The charitable portion this weekend will be shared by the Hole in the Wall Camps Association (the Official Charity of Champ Car) and the Surf Life Saving Foundation of Queensland, Australia.