CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Bridgestone preview

Race Distance: 178.1 miles (100 laps around the 1.781-mile temporary street course). Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered nearly 1,000 tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone/Firestone Technical Center in...

Race Distance: 178.1 miles (100 laps around the 1.781-mile temporary street course).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered nearly 1,000 tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone/Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio.

* Dry-condition ("slick") tires: Each car receives seven sets for use throughout practice, qualifying and the race. The tire specification this weekend is the Bridgestone street course version with the most grip, the "softest" tire in the entire range of Potenzas slated for use this year. This spec competed previously this season at Long Beach and Toronto. This weekend marks its final application in 2002.

* Wet-condition ("rain") tires: Bridgestone Motorsport supplies each car up to four new sets of rain tires per weekend on road and street courses. In addition, teams may bring two additional sets of rain tires per car that they received at a previous event but did not use. Since Bridgestone is utilizing a single wet-tire spec at all road/street events in 2002, tires can be carried over to another weekend without a performance variance. CART's decision permitting teams to carry the additional rain sets assures drivers a sufficient number should wet conditions persist on a race weekend.

The Official Tire of CART: Bridgestone joins the FedEx Championship Series in 2002 as the Official Tire of CART and supplies all teams with Potenza racing radials. While it is Bridgestone's first year in this series, the tire manufacturer boasts an enviable racing heritage spanning four decades.

Quote from Al Speyer, Bridgestone Motorsport Executive Director: "The Bridgestone Motorsport program is excited to be in Vancouver, the ideal international stage to showcase the Bridgestone tire brand. Vancouver fans have always been passionate and knowledgeable about their Champ car racing, so we are pleased to have the Potenza race tires make their British Columbia debut this weekend. We're confident the fans will be impressed with what they see from Bridgestone. The tire specification designated for Vancouver by the unparalleled Bridgestone engineers has already seen two overwhelmingly successful weekends of use this season, and we expect this weekend to be no different. The Vancouver tires feature the softest compound formula we run to help negotiate the many tight turns and surface changes at Concord Pacific Place, and to work in conjunction with the traction control CART legislated in for this season."

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