CHAMPCAR/CART: Edmonton: Bridgestone race report

Champ Car World Series - Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton City Centre Airport, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada * Top-5 Finishers: 1. Sebastien Bourdais; 2. Justin Wilson; 3. Graham Rahal; 4. Simon Pagenaud; 5. Paul Tracy. * Temperature ranges (F): Race...

Champ Car World Series - Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton
City Centre Airport, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

* Top-5 Finishers: 1. Sebastien Bourdais; 2. Justin Wilson; 3. Graham Rahal; 4. Simon Pagenaud; 5. Paul Tracy.

* Temperature ranges (F): Race temperatures ranged from 99 to 106 degrees track and from 81 to 82 degrees ambient.

* Temperature ranges (C): Race temperatures ranged from 37 to 41 degrees track and from 27 to 28 degrees ambient.

Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone engineers elected to return to Edmonton with the same specification of Potenza primary and alternate tires that ran here last year. These specs, representing the midrange of Bridgestone's road-course compounds, lived up to their expectations. Today's race was the third in the last four Champ Car events that these road-course specs were used (they also ran at Cleveland and Mont-Tremblant), and they performed flawlessly again at Edmonton. A chart with each driver's tire use today is attached.

From Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone: "The car was so good that I could definitely push when I needed to. The Bridgestone tires were good. We started on the alternate tires and they may have helped me for the launch (to pass pole sitter Will Power on the standing start) because the traction might have been a little better. The track was green, so the reds did fall off a bit at the end (of the first stint). We used the Bridgestone blacks (primary spec) after that. The blacks were really, really consistent for us, they never fell off and I was really happy with the balance. It was a great day all around."

From Page Mader, General Manager, Race Tire Development, Bridgestone Motorsport: "These Bridgestone road-course tires have certainly proven themselves the past month at Cleveland, Mont-Tremblant and Edmonton. Both the primary and alternate Potenzas performed quite well again today. For the second straight race, a driver on alternates got the jump on someone on primaries for the lead at the start - again displaying the grip advantage of the red-sidewall Potenzas. Most drivers seemed to prefer the black-sidewall primary Potenzas today, but they continued pushing them hard. Sebastien could have cruised to the finish but he pushed his last set of Bridgestones to clock the fastest race lap on consecutive laps near the end, on tires with more than 20 laps on them. That shows the life the Potenzas still had. Congratulations to Sebastien on his 27th Champ Car win, all on Bridgestone tires, and to the city and fans of Edmonton for putting on another fine and well-attended event."

-credit: bridgestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Paul Tracy , Sébastien Bourdais , Will Power , Simon Pagenaud