CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Bridgestone preview

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland, Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio June 24-26, 2005 -- Round 5 of 14 Race Distance: 197.964 miles/318.592...

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS

Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Champ Car Grand Prix of Cleveland, Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio June 24-26, 2005 -- Round 5 of 14

Race Distance: 197.964 miles/318.592 kilometers (94 laps on the 2.106-mile temporary road course).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 744 dry-condition ("slicks") and 304 wet-condition ("rains") Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. Per Champ Car World Series regulations, Bridgestone brought two dry-tire specifications and a single wet-tire spec, broken down in the following manner:

* Standard dry-condition tires: Each car receives seven sets of standard slicks (28 tires) for the weekend, to use in practice, qualifying and race sessions. The standard dry-condition specification contains the midrange standard road-course compound and construction that Bridgestone employs in the series. The same spec was used last year at Cleveland and is the standard spec scheduled for the 2005 season finale at Mexico City.

* Alternate dry-condition tires: Each car receives two sets of alternate slicks (eight tires) to use this weekend. The alternate tires are easily identifiable by their bright red sidewalls. At least one complete set (new or used) of alternates must be used for a stint in Sunday's race, but there is no mandate to when or how long the set must be run. The construction of the alternate tire is identical to the standard slick, but the alternate tire possesses a tread compound with moderately increased grip ("softer"). While the alternate tire contains additional speed potential, it trades away some of the long-lasting durability of the standard dry-condition tires.

* 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, a more durable spec for the faster road circuits and a "softer" spec for slower circuits. The more durable rain tire is available this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport:
"Cleveland is always a big event for us. Bridgestone is sponsoring the Champ Car Night street party Thursday, Bridgestone is the Official Tire for the grand prix weekend and we'll entertain more than 1,000 guests on race day -- most coming from our Akron Technical Center where the sensational Potenza race tires are produced. The Akron employees will get to see first-hand how popular the alternate tire innovation is, since we're using the Bridgestone 'reds' in Cleveland this year. The airport circuit is fast and rough, with difficult transitions from asphalt to concrete and back. It hands out much more punishment than the average race tire can handle. Champ Car drivers have raved over the years about the grip and long-lasting durability of the Bridgestone tires here, and we're quite confident they'll be raving over both the standard and alternate Potenza specs this weekend."

Bridgestone Pole Award: Through four races in 2005, four different drivers have each won the Bridgestone Pole Award. The pole winner at each race wins $5,000 and a one-of-a-kind trophy, with Bridgestone also donating $2,500 to the Hole in the Wall Camps and another $2,500 to a local charity (this weekend it's United Way). The driver with the most pole positions at the end of the season earns a $30,000 prize.

-bridgestone

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