CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Bridgestone Saturday report

1st Bridgestone pole for Power on home turf Team Australia's Will Power put the speed he found in his Bridgestone Potenza red alternate tires to good use, claiming the first Bridgestone Pole Position Award of his Champ Car career in his home ...

1st Bridgestone pole for Power on home turf

Team Australia's Will Power put the speed he found in his Bridgestone Potenza red alternate tires to good use, claiming the first Bridgestone Pole Position Award of his Champ Car career in his home country. The huge crowd was thrilled with the result, and tomorrow Power will become the first Australian to start from the front of the field for the Surfers race.

Power earned $5,000 and a black crystal trophy from Bridgestone, with the tire supplier donating another $2,500 to the Hole in the Wall Camps in his honor. Track conditions did not prove to be much faster today, with only about half of the field improving on their times from yesterday's provisional qualifying session.

* From Will Power, #5 Team Australia Aussie Vineyards Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "I'm really just so happy for Team Australia, Craig Gore and Derrick Walker, and all the fans. It's just great to get pole position in your home race. Awesome. Today I only did a few laps and ran a 31.8, so I thought it was possible to beat my time from yesterday again today. That's a good sign that the car is really good. The red Bridgestone tires are really good, and the blacks are really consistent, so they're going to be good throughout the race. We found a big gain on the reds."

* Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone Motorsport brought new tires for both its dry-condition specifications this weekend. The slicks fall into the most durable range of Bridgestone street-course compounds to meet the demands of the unique track combination of long straights, twisty chicanes, tight corners and abrasive surface. The alternates were used as the primary tire at four races this season - Houston, Toronto, San Jose and Denver. The rain tire choice for this weekend is the softer of the two that Bridgestone currently produces.

* From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Congratulations to Will Power and Team Australia for their first pole position! It is great for them and great for the entire Champ Car series that they would claim it in their home country. Bridgestone Motorsport is thrilled that Will earned the pole in no small part by using his alternate red tires. In fact, he gained the most time of all the drivers, running almost a full second quicker on the reds than on the blacks. This is the first time the Australian fans have seen the red tires, and we are so happy that the alternates helped their fellow countryman gain the pole."

Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 93 to 98 degrees track and from 79 to 84 degrees ambient (F).
Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 34 to 36 degrees track and from 26 to 29 degrees ambient (C).

-credit: team australia

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Will Power