CHAMPCAR/CART: Mexico City: Bridgestone preview

Race Distance: 203.378 miles/327.305 km (73 laps around the 2.786-mile permanent road course). Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 652 dry-condition and 356 wet-condition Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced...

Race Distance: 203.378 miles/327.305 km (73 laps around the 2.786-mile permanent road course).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 652 dry-condition and 356 wet-condition 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 and a single wet-tire spec, allowing every driver equal footing on the racetrack. * Dry-condition tires ("slicks"): Each car receives seven sets of slicks (28 tires) for the weekend, to use in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Following a successful tire debut at Mexico City in 2002, Bridgestone engineers chose to return with the same road-course specification for this weekend's event. * 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 road-course rain tire is available this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Mexico City proved to be a most electrifying event last year and we expect it to equal or even surpass that this year. No one will ever forget the immense partisan crowd cheering Michel Jourdain all the way around the circuit when he led last year's race. With three Mexican drivers winning races this season and one in the championship hunt, the excitement is at a fever pitch as we head there. The legendary Hermanos Rodriguez circuit is most challenging for a tire, with its high-speed straights and chicanes coupled with slow corners and surface changes through the baseball stadium. Yet the Bridgestone tires received the highest of praise for their performance in 2002, leaving us confident this same specification will perform just as superbly again in 2003."

Bridgestone Takes on Series 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 series sponsor of what is now known as Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michel Jourdain