CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Bridgestone preview

Race Distance: 155.250 miles (135 laps around the 1.15-mile temporary street course). Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 620 dry-condition and 340 wet-condition Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the ...

Race Distance: 155.250 miles (135 laps around the 1.15-mile temporary street course).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 620 dry-condition and 340 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. With a year's experience on the streets around Bayfront Park, Bridgestone Motorsport engineers concur that a tire with more grip than 2002 is the appropriate choice, so they selected the "softest" compound street-course specification for use this weekend. This spec represents the softest tire in the current Bridgestone arsenal, no matter the type of circuit (street course, road course, short oval, superspeedway), and has been run this year at Long Beach, Toronto and Vancouver. * 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: "It's exciting to return to the vibrant downtown Miami scene, and that excitement will be at fever pitch this weekend. With the championship battle raging, the headline act concerts scheduled and the hit drama CSI: Miami shooting an episode around the Champ Car race, the atmosphere will be electric. Bridgestone learned a great deal from the our first experience last year on the streets around Bayfront Park, which prompted our engineers to call on the softer version Potenza street-course tire for this year. The decision should provide the cars additional grip on what was a very slick circuit. Since the course layout has been revised from last year, there remain unknowns heading into the weekend, and we will monitor tire performance and wear closely. But we anticipate the Bridgestone tires will deliver their customary consistency and durability appreciated by all in the Champ Car paddock."

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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