CHAMPCAR/CART: Lexington: Bridgestone preview

Race Distance: 207.736 miles (92 laps around the 2.258-mile permanent road course). Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered nearly 1,000 tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone/Firestone Technical Center in ...

Race Distance: 207.736 miles (92 laps around the 2.258-mile permanent road course).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered nearly 1,000 tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone/Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio.

* Dry-condition ("slick") tires: Each car receives seven sets for use throughout practice, qualifying and the race. The tire specification this weekend is one of three road course designs that Bridgestone Motorsport engineers have developed for use in 2002. This Potenza spec has the most grip of the three road course versions. Previously, this same compound/construction formula was utilized at Monterrey (Mexico), Laguna Seca and Portland. It will also be used when CART debuts at Montreal in two weeks.

* Wet-condition ("rain") tires: Bridgestone supplies each car up to four new sets of rain tires per weekend on road and street courses, as needed. In addition, teams may bring two additional sets of rain tires per car that they received at a previous event but did not use. Since Bridgestone is utilizing a single wet-tire spec at all road/street events in 2002, tires can be carried over to another weekend without a performance variance. CART's decision permitting teams to carry the additional rain sets assures drivers a sufficient number should wet conditions persist on a race weekend.

The Official Tire of CART: Bridgestone joins the FedEx Championship Series in 2002 as the Official Tire of CART and supplies all teams with Potenza racing radials. While it is Bridgestone's first year in this series, the tire manufacturer boasts an enviable racing heritage spanning four decades.

Quote from Al Speyer, Bridgestone Motorsport Executive Director:

"Mid-Ohio presents a stiff challenge to a tire maker due to its many twists and turns, elevation changes and high-speed areas. We're confident, however, that the Potenza race tires we have selected for use this weekend are up to the task. This particular tire specification is a proven commodity, having already competed impressively at three other CART road circuits this season. We fully expect that successful run to continue without a hitch this weekend."

Tune In: Both Mid-Ohio qualifying sessions can be seen on Speed Channel (5 p.m. ET Friday and 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday). The race airs live on CBS-TV, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET Sunday.

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