CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Bridgestone preview

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach, Calif. April 8-10, 2005 -- Round 1 of 14 Race Distance: 159.41 miles (81 laps around...

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS

Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach, Calif. April 8-10, 2005 -- Round 1 of 14

Race Distance: 159.41 miles (81 laps around the 1.968-mile temporary street course).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 668 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 contains the "softest" normally used tire compound and construction that Bridgestone employs in the series. It is the same spec run at Long Beach in 2004 and also is planned for use this season at street races in Toronto and Denver.

* Alternate dry-condition tires: Each car receives two sets of alternate slicks (eight tires) to use this weekend. The alternate tires are easily identifiable by their red-colored sidewalls. At least one set (new or used) of alternates must be used for a stint in Sunday's race, but there is no mandate to when or how long the set 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 dry-condition tires.

* 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, one for the faster permanent road circuits and another for the slower, tighter street courses. The street-course rain tire is available this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "We're very eager to get the 2005 season started, and as always, there is no better place to kick off a season than at Long Beach. We love being part of this event. We had a great deal of success here against Goodyear immediately after our return to open-wheel racing in 1995, winning races with some of the great drivers in Champ Car history like Jimmy Vasser, Alex Zanardi and Juan Montoya. Our record here helped us build our program into what it is today. This year, we return to Long Beach with our alternate tires, which we had such great success with last season. We have improved on that concept quite a bit since this event last year, mainly by enhancing the red sidewalls so that the alternate tires are easily distinguishable from the stands and on television. We're hopeful it will continue to add an extra element of excitement this season."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Alex Zanardi