CHAMPCAR/CART: Las Vegas: Bridgestone race report

Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone engineers brought the softest in its line of street course primary and alternate tires for the inaugural Vegas Grand Prix. Having had no opportunity to test here, the tires were chosen based on ...

Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone engineers brought the softest in its line of street course primary and alternate tires for the inaugural Vegas Grand Prix. Having had no opportunity to test here, the tires were chosen based on information gathered from teams' simulations. That data predicted speeds that were actually 15-19 mph slower than what the track actually produced. Bridgestone Motorsport engineers will analyze the data from this event and make adjustments.

From Will Power, Team Australia Cosworth/Elan/Bridgestone: "It was a good race today, and I am really pleased for Team Australia. We did our strategy and cruised along at the end. The Bridgestones were awesome - my tires didn't really go off today, so I didn't have any problems."

From Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "This was a great event to kick off the Champ Car season. Congratulations to Will Power and Team Australia for their first Champ Car victory. From the looks of their performance this weekend, they will probably have many more to come. As for the Bridgestone Potenzas, tire management was certainly a factor in today's race. We are always learning, and since this was a first-time event, I can guarantee you we will bring a different tire here next year."

Temperature ranges (F): Race temperatures ranged from 106 to 113 degrees track and from 84 to 85 degrees ambient.

Temperature ranges (C): Race temperatures ranged from 41 to 45 degrees track and from 29 to 29.5 degrees ambient.

-credit: bridgestone

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Will Power