Bourdais Battles to Win Thanks to Everlasting Bridgestone Rain Tires Racing on the same set of Bridgestone Potenza wet-condition tires by his own choice for nearly half the race, Sebastien Bourdais demonstrated his true champion's ability by ...
Bourdais Battles to Win Thanks to Everlasting Bridgestone Rain Tires
Racing on the same set of Bridgestone Potenza wet-condition tires by his own choice for nearly half the race, Sebastien Bourdais demonstrated his true champion's ability by pulling off a last-lap pass of Justin Wilson and driving to victory today. Bourdais' Newman/Haas Racing crew bolted on the set of rain tires on the 34th of 66 laps around the historic Rodriguez brothers circuit, and Bourdais took it from there. Prior to his final pit stop on lap 57, Bourdais radioed his crew to leave the tires on and erased a 4.6-second deficit before sliding inside Wilson for the winning overtake.
It is the seventh win of 2006 for the three-time series champion and 23rd of his four-year Champ Car career -- all the triumphs on Bridgestone tires. This one is truly unique, however, because all three types of Bridgestone tires available today -- the standard and alternate slicks, and the rain tires -- were used to achieve the win.
* From Sebastien Bourdais, #1 McDonald's Ford/Lola/Bridgestone: "The Bridgestone wet tires were very consistent. It was a really tough deal because half of the track was dry, half of the track was wet or nearly so for a long time. When we put the wets on, I was pretty sure it was going to stay like that the whole time. Consistency was the key and the tires really delivered. Great job to Bridgestone. ... (On the decision to keep the same set of rain tires during his last pit stop) "The tires were a bit worn then. It was just damp conditions, no standing water, so the block (of grooved tread on the tires) was lower and it was the best compromise. And then we were still able to do some donuts and leave some Bridgestone rubber here on the Mexico City track."
* Bridgestone Tire Performance Summary: Bridgestone Motorsport brought proven tires for both wet and dry conditions this weekend. The standard dry-condition Potenzas ran earlier this season at Cleveland and Edmonton, while the alternates were used as the alternate spec at Portland and Montreal. The rain tire choice for this weekend was the more durable of the two that Bridgestone currently produces, and as Bourdais' 32-lap achievement on one set demonstrated, they were up to the demanding challenges in wet and drying conditions.
* From Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "What a fabulous way to close the season, with the top two drivers in the series battling to the very last lap for the victory. Both should be congratulated; Sebastien for going all-out to win and Justin for pushing it to the end under difficult circumstances with his broken wrist. And we couldn't be more proud of the Bridgestone tire performance today, particularly the rain tires. They delivered sure-footed response in the wet and held up incredibly well in drying conditions. For Sebastien to put nearly 90 miles on a set, all the while pushing the car and his Potenzas to the limit, is the greatest testament we can think of for just how excellent these tires are. It's been another tremendous Champ Car season with plenty of great memories, but we're already looking ahead to more thrills in 2007."
Race session temperatures ranged from 102 to 68 degrees track and from 72 to 65 degrees ambient (F).
Race session temperatures ranged from 39 to 20 degrees track and from 22 to 18 degrees ambient (C).