CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Bridgestone preview

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 744 dry-condition and 304 wet-condition Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. Bridgestone brought a single dry tire ...

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 744 dry-condition and 304 wet-condition Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. Bridgestone brought a single dry tire specification and a single wet spec to Cleveland, allowing every team and driver equal footing on the racetrack. There will NOT be an alternate dry-spec tire available this weekend. * Dry-condition tires ("slicks"): Each car receives eight sets of slicks (32 total tires) for the race weekend, to use as its team sees fit in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Bridgestone Motorsport engineers chose a proven tire product for this weekend's competition around the runways of Burke Lakefront Airport. The same tire tread compound/sidewall construction combination was used at Cleveland last year, and its approval with drivers and teams was such that the decision was made to return with it in 2004. The specification is the mid-range compromise between Bridgestone's "softest" and "hardest" road course tires and also is tabbed for use later this season at Mexico City. * Wet-condition tires ("rains"): Bridgestone supplies each car up to four new sets of grooved-tread rain tires per race weekend on road and street courses, as needed. In addition, teams may use two sets of rain tires per car issued at a previous event. Bridgestone brought its road-course rain tire specification for this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "This is a huge weekend for the Bridgestone Motorsport group. From sponsoring Wednesday's Champ Car Night street party at the historic warehouse district to entertaining more than 1,000 employees, customers and their families at Saturday's race, the Cleveland event will have a definite Bridgestone flavor through and through. The Bridgestone brand took on associate sponsor status for the Grand Prix of Cleveland because it is a very important event for us. All the Potenza race tires for this weekend were developed and produced at our Technical Center in Akron, which employs 1,000 people. Another 300 employees are located at our credit card facility in suburban Brook Park, and more than 40 Northeast Ohio Bridgestone retail outlets participated in a race coupon book promotion, so this is a home race for us in many ways. The number of guests we'll host at the track Saturday is the most ever for us at Cleveland, thanks in part to an employee ticket discount program we initiated for our Akron associates. In addition to what is always an exciting race here, our guests will experience a pre-race autograph session featuring 10 Champ Car drivers that's exclusively for Bridgestone hospitality attendees. Besides another shining example of the great partnership we've developed with Champ Car and the teams, it's our way of showing a small debt of gratitude to our employees, sales associates and dealers for the fine work they all perform on our behalf. It's certain to be an exciting weekend all the way around, and the best part is knowing that the race winner will ride to victory lane on Bridgestone tires."

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