CHAMPCAR/CART: Edmonton: Bridgestone Saturday report

Allmendinger Adds Name to Bridgestone Pole Award List Second-year Champ Car driver A.J. Allmendinger became a first-time pole winner when his provisional time of 58.628 seconds (121.150 mph) from Friday held up today. Under drying track...

Allmendinger Adds Name to Bridgestone Pole Award List

Second-year Champ Car driver A.J. Allmendinger became a first-time pole winner when his provisional time of 58.628 seconds (121.150 mph) from Friday held up today. Under drying track conditions this afternoon following morning rain, Allmendinger also posted the best qualifying time (1 minute, 1.070 seconds) to collect another championship point.

All the Champ Car drivers experienced varying track conditions in the abbreviated practice and qualifying sessions today, with most running stints on Bridgestone's standard and alternate dry-spec tires as well as the Potenza treaded wet-weather tires. Allmendinger said it didn't matter what tire or what circumstances there were on track -- the Bridgestone rubber held just fine.

"In my heart I felt we could get pole no matter what," Allmendinger said. "We've been the quickest all weekend. It almost gets redundant to say once again that Bridgestone brings an awesome tire. Bridgestone has done a fantastic job with a new circuit like this. Obviously there was no testing, no knowledge of what it was going to be like, but the tires seem like they don't ever go off during practice and you can keep doing faster laps. Between the reds (alternates) and the blacks (standards), they have a similar balance, so for the race tomorrow, tires are not going to be an issue."

Allmendinger is the fifth different driver to win the Bridgestone Pole Award in seven races this season. With the honor comes a $5,000 check from Bridgestone Motorsport, which also donates $2,500 for each pole winner to the Hole in the Wall Camps and another $2,500 to a charity in each race market. This weekend's local charity is Stollery Children's Hospital.

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "It's good to see A.J. add his name to the list of Bridgestone pole winners. He's certainly been building to this moment since he joined the series last year and we won't be at all surprised for him to become a race winner on Bridgestone tires very soon. While today's weather wasn't the greatest for teams and fans, it allowed us to gather important data since the drivers ran many miles in differing conditions on both our wet and dry specs. That information is invaluable to the development of future Potenza race tires. Today's data collected also gives us further assurance that we brought the proper tires to this new venue and that they'll help produce an exciting and memorable Champ Car debut in Edmonton tomorrow."

Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 68 to 73 degrees track and from 67 to 68 degrees ambient (F). Qualifying session temperatures ranged from 20 to 23 degrees track and from 19 to 20 degrees ambient (C).

-bridgestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers A.J. Allmendinger