CHAMPCAR/CART: Fontana: Bridgestone preview

Race Distance: 507.25 miles (250 laps around the 2.029-mile superspeedway oval). Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone shipped nearly 1,000 tires from its Technical Center in Tokyo, Japan for this weekend's event. Each Champ car receives 12...

Race Distance: 507.25 miles (250 laps around the 2.029-mile superspeedway oval).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone shipped nearly 1,000 tires from its Technical Center in Tokyo, Japan for this weekend's event. Each Champ car receives 12 sets of dry-condition tires ("slicks"), to be used as its team sees fit throughout practice, qualifying and the race. The Potenza tire specification for The 500 is a new compound/construction formula developed with this race specifically in mind.

What is "stagger" anyway? To help a car turn more naturally and smoothly on ovals, the circumference of the right rear tire is slightly greater than the circumference of the left rear tire. This innovation is called "stagger." The stagger is small (about 0.35 of an inch for this weekend's Bridgestone tires), but it is a huge asset for drivers trying to negotiate California Speedway in the shortest time possible.

The Official Tire of CART: Bridgestone entered FedEx Championship Series competition at the beginning of this season. As the Official Tire of CART, Bridgestone supplies all teams with Potenza racing radials. While it is Bridgestone's first year in this series, the tire manufacturer boasts an enviable and winning racing heritage that spans four decades.

Al Speyer, Executive Director of Bridgestone Motorsport, speaks about The 500: "This weekend will be the first opportunity for the Bridgestone Potenza race tires to demonstrate their abilities on a superspeedway. Without a doubt, this kind of track demands the most from tires of any circuit type on which CART competes. The tremendously high speeds, loads and friction generated lap after grueling lap demand much from the tires, but the Bridgestone Potenzas are no average race tire, as has been proven time and again this season. The Bridgestone Motorsport engineers have developed a tire for this weekend that should provide consistent performance throughout entire fuel runs, yet also deliver the grip necessary to turn high speeds and make the exciting passing maneuvers to which we've become accustomed on CART's big ovals."

Tune In: The 500 Presented by Toyota will air live on Speed Channel at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday.

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