CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Bridgestone preview

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 690 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...

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 690 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 six sets of standard specification slicks (24 tires) for the weekend, to use in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. For Denver, Bridgestone brought the same primary tires used on the streets of Houston, Toronto and San Jose earlier this season.

Alternate dry-condition tires: Each car receives two sets of alternate slicks (eight tires) to use this weekend; they are easily identified by their bright red sidewalls. At least one set of alternates must be used for a stint in Sunday's race. The Bridgestone alternate tire's construction is identical to the standard slick, but the alternate possesses a tread compound with better grip ("softer"), making it faster but possibly not quite as durable. The alternate tire for Denver is the same Potenza that was used as the alternate spec in Long Beach, Houston, Toronto and San Jose in 2006.

Wet-condition tires ("rains"): Each car receives up to four new sets of grooved-tread Potenza rain tires (16 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 officials opted for its "softer," or higher-grip rain-tire specification for this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Bridgestone and the Denver Grand Prix have enjoyed a very strong relationship, in part because both debuted in Champ Car in 2002. We've worked closely with the Denver promoters to host unique events such as ice driving and free ice skating inside Pepsi Center, downtown street parties and more. Bridgestone continues that successful partnership in 2006, proud to be presenting sponsor of the grand prix. We're quite confident the race tires used by all the Champ Car competitors this weekend will contribute to another exciting race because both the standard and alternate Potenza specs performed very well at other street-course races earlier this season."

Bridgestone Pole Position Award update: Sebastian Bourdais has taken command of the season-long Bridgestone Pole Position Award competition, collecting his fifth pole award of the season at San Jose two weeks ago. No other driver has more than one pole award thus far. The pole winner at each race earns $5,000, with another $2,500 going to the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps. The driver with the most poles for the season wins another $20,000 and his crew chief takes home $7,500.

-credit: bridgestone

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