CHAMPCAR/CART: Cleveland: Bridgestone preview

Bridgestone Potenza Fast Facts Bridgestone presents the Champ Car World Series powered by Ford Cleveland Grand Prix Presented by U.S. Bank July 3-5, 2003 - Round 9 of 18 Race Distance: 242.19 miles (115 laps on the 2.106-mile temporary ...

Bridgestone Potenza Fast Facts

Bridgestone presents the Champ Car World Series powered by Ford Cleveland Grand Prix Presented by U.S. Bank July 3-5, 2003 - Round 9 of 18

Race Distance: 242.19 miles (115 laps on the 2.106-mile temporary street circuit).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied:

Bridgestone delivered 780 dry-condition and 340 wet-condition 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 brings a single dry tire specification and a single wet spec, allowing every team and driver equal footing on the racetrack.

Dry-condition tires ("slicks"):

Each car receives nine sets of slicks (36 tires) for the race weekend, to use as its team sees fit in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. That's two more sets of tires than usually allocated for a race of this distance, but Champ Car officials added the extra sets to compensate for the additional night practice time and because the race requires one more mandatory pit stop than normal. Bridgestone Motorsport engineers chose a proven tire product for the first CART night event on a road/street circuit. The same tread compound/sidewall construction combination was used at Cleveland last year. A middle-of-the-road compromise between Bridgestone's "softest" and "hardest" road course tires, this specification 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.

Bridgestone Takes on Presenting Sponsor Status:

Bridgestone entered Champ Car competition in 2002 as Official Tire Supplier to every entrant. The world's largest tire and rubber company increased its stake and profile in 2003, becoming Presenting Sponsor of what is now known as Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Also this weekend, Bridgestone has been designated the Official Tire of the Cleveland Grand Prix.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport:

"Cleveland is a very special race weekend for us because so many of our employees work nearby, including the sensational Bridgestone race tire development group and technical workshop team based in Akron. Saturday night, in fact, we'll have more than 700 employees, sales associates, dealers and guests attend the race. Their experience takes on added meaning with Bridgestone serving as Presenting Sponsor and Official Tire of the Champ Car World Series, as well as Official Tire of the Cleveland Grand Prix. We believe they're going to see a unique and exciting race, thanks in no small part to the great effort and support for this series shown by everyone in the Bridgestone organization."

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