CHAMPCAR/CART: Lausitz: Bridgestone preview

Race Distance: 311.542 miles (154 laps on the 2.023-mile superspeedway). Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 838 dry-condition ("slick") Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical...

Race Distance: 311.542 miles (154 laps on the 2.023-mile superspeedway).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 838 dry-condition ("slick") 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 brings a single dry tire specification to each race. Each entered car receives eight sets (32 tires) of tires to utilize for practice, qualifying and the race.

Bridgestone Motorsport engineers developed a new tire specification for EuroSpeedway. The tires are based on the Potenzas that performed so spectacularly last November at California Speedway, but with a few design tweaks to adapt to the triangular shaped EuroSpeedway.

Stagger Helps the Cars Go 'Round: Bridgestone builds its oval-track tires with every driver aid possible, including stagger to help the Champ Cars turn more smoothly. Stagger is simply making the right rear tire slightly greater in circumference than the left rear. The result is a natural tendency for the cars to want to turn left, easing strain on both driver and machine.

Bridgestone Takes on Presenting Sponsor Status: Bridgestone entered Champ Car competition in 2002 as Official Tire Supplier to every entrant. The world's largest tire and rubber company increased its stake and profile in 2003, becoming Presenting Sponsor of what is now known as Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "It's exciting to be headed to the first oval race of the season, which provides a new test of this extremely challenging series for driver, team and supplier alike. The key to producing a quality oval-track tire is to give drives one that will stand up to the tremendous speeds and g-force loads that are generated every lap. The race tires take a substantial beating yet must maintain consistent performance throughout the entire stint. The Bridgestone Potenzas are synonymous with great wear and consistency, and we are very confident that will be the case again this weekend. It also will be great to see our friend Alex Zanardi serving as grand marshal for this race. We cannot wait to see him back in a Champ Car. Alex gave the Bridgestone/Firestone race program a pair of memorable CART championships against tire competition and he remains our company's winningest Champ Car driver. It will unquestionably be an emotional and gratifying experience to watch him drive those 13 ceremonial laps Sunday."

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