Tracy Repeats at Vancouver; RuSPORT Duo Completes Podium Paul Tracy leaned on his Bridgestone tires incredibly hard to build a big enough lead to make an extra pit stop, and the Potenzas held fast to allow the Canadian to win for the second ...
Tracy Repeats at Vancouver; RuSPORT Duo Completes Podium
Paul Tracy leaned on his Bridgestone tires incredibly hard to build a big enough lead to make an extra pit stop, and the Potenzas held fast to allow the Canadian to win for the second straight year on the streets of Vancouver. Meanwhile, RuSPORT teammates Michel Jourdain Jr. and A.J. Allmendinger combined longer first stints than anyone else with superb pit work to bring home second and third places, respectively, for the fledgling team.
Tracy led all but four of the 85 laps, surrendering the point only when cycling through the first round of pit stops. But his Indeck/Forsythe Championship Racing crew failed to get enough fuel in his Ford-Cosworth/Lola on his second stop, necessitating a "splash-and-go" on lap 77. Knowing he needed a lead of some 25 seconds to safely make the final stop, Tracy pushed his racecar around the track at a feverish pace and comfortably rejoined the race in the lead after the fuel-only pit stop. Afterward, Tracy credited the Bridgestone tires for staying with him throughout the grueling dash to build the cushion.
"The Bridgestones were fantastic," Tracy said. "I drove the hell out of the car for about 20 laps to pull that lead and they stood right there the whole way. They gave me everything I needed and I kept going faster and faster."
"The tires were unbelievable," added Jourdain. "We were able to do our fastest laps at the end of the run, so they were holding up perfect."
"The Bridgestones were amazing," echoed Allmendinger, the series rookie who earned his first podium finish. "The track gripped up so much that if I wasn't so physically drained, I probably could have put my fastest laps in. The tires just held up phenomenal."
Quote from Page Mader, Manager, Race Tire Development, Bridgestone Motorsport: "This was an excellent weekend all the way around for Bridgestone. Tire wear was never an issue and the strengths of the Potenzas were on display all race long today. Paul pushed his car at a near-qualifying pace for almost 20 laps and, as he said, the tires held their ground quite well. Michel and A.J. both relied on the long-lasting consistency of the Potenzas to run longer first stints than anyone else, both stringing together hot laps at the end of the stint, and that was the key to their podium finishes. We couldn't ask for better testimonials on the Bridgestone tires than what we saw and heard today."
Race temperatures ranged from 107 to 116 degrees track and from 79 to 81 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 42 to 47 degrees track and from 26 to 27 degrees ambient (C).