CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Bridgestone race report

Bridgestone helps Newman/Haas celebrate 350th start with 1-2 finish Newman/Haas Racing commemorated a monumental occasion - the 350th start in team history - with an epic 1-2 finish today in the 15th round of Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car...

Bridgestone helps Newman/Haas celebrate 350th start with 1-2 finish

Newman/Haas Racing commemorated a monumental occasion - the 350th start in team history - with an epic 1-2 finish today in the 15th round of Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Bruno Junqueira beat teammate Sebastien Bourdais across the finish line by a mere 0.335 of a second to complete the sweep. It also gives Junqueira his second Denver victory in as many years - both coming on Bridgestone Potenza tires.

Both Newman/Haas drivers, along with third-place Oriol Servia of Patrick Racing, credited the abilities of the Potenzas to hold up on a bumpy, slick street circuit with being key to their top finishes.

"The Bridgestone tires were perfect this weekend," Junqueira said. "They came up to speed very quickly and they held throughout the run. The second lap out each time I was able to put really fast laps in and break away from Sebastien or Oriol or whoever else was behind me. That was my big advantage in the race. There was no difference between new tires and old tires. I was able to put really fast laps in early in the race, late in the race. The tires worked perfect for me."

"The tires were very consistent," Bourdais added. "We might have been able to run softer tires but this was the safe way for Bridgestone to approach the weekend with all the work they did on grinding the track and things to make it smoother. The tires were very consistent and it was fair for everybody."

"The Bridgestones were good," Servia said following his second podium finish in as many races. "This is probably the easiest place to make a mistake in the race, but thanks to the tires - they were very consistent - it was easy to keep the car on the track all the time."

Bridgestone is the Official Tire of CART, supplying all Champ Cars with Potenza tires. The tire maker became Presenting Sponsor for the Champ Car World Series this year as well.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport:

"It's been a fantastic weekend all around for Bridgestone. Newman/Haas Racing marked its 350th series start with a 1-2 finish, and both Bruno and Sebastien were highly complimentary of the Potenza tire performance. We had the additional benefit of the Bridgestone Chill Zone inside the Pepsi Center, demonstrating the excellent capabilities of the Blizzak tires on ice. There was lots of fun Friday when many Champ Car celebrities experienced firsthand the Blizzaks' exceptional drivability on ice. Many fans and media members also had the chance to drive on the ice throughout the weekend. Every single person that went through left quite impressed with the Blizzaks' superiority on ice for winter driving conditions. Without question, we want to return to Denver and repeat the entire range of Bridgestone activities in 2004."

Race temperatures ranged from 77 to 85 degrees track and from 68 to 73 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 25 to 29 degrees track and from 20 to 23 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Oriol Servia , Sébastien Bourdais