CHAMPCAR/CART: Laguna Seca: Bridgestone preview

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 848 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 848 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 slicks (24 tires) for the weekend, to use in practice, qualifying and race sessions. The standard dry-condition specification for this event contains the "softest" standard road-course tire compound and construction that Bridgestone employs in the series. A new tire in 2004, it is the same spec run at Monterrey, Portland and Montreal earlier this season.

* Alternate dry-condition tires: Each car receives two sets of alternate slicks (eight tires) to use this weekend. One set (new or used) must be used for a stint in Sunday's race, but there is no series mandate on when or how long it must be run. The construction of the alternate tire is identical to the standard slick, but the alternate tire possesses a tread compound with moderately increased grip ("softer"). While the alternate tire contains additional speed potential, it trades away some of the long-lasting durability of the standard spec.

* Wet-condition tires ("rains"): Each car receives up to four new sets of grooved-tread Potenza rain 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 has two rain-tire specifications at its disposal for the 2004 season. The more durable road-course specification rain tire is available this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Bridgestone has stepped up again as title sponsor for the Grand Prix of Monterey because we enjoy everything about this event and locale. The Laguna Seca track and Monterey Peninsula area provide some of the most beautiful surroundings anywhere we travel. We've tried to spur interest in the race weekend by offering the Grand Prix coupon book at area Bridgestone retailers that includes vouchers for free and discounted track admissions. Bridgestone is also sponsoring the Champ Car Night street festival, set for Friday evening on Alvarado Street in Monterey. On the track, we decided to bring the popular alternate tire for use this weekend to enhance the competition and add variable race strategies into the mix. We hope our efforts make it a truly complete racing weekend for the fans."

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