CHAMPCAR/CART: Miami: Bridgestone preview

Race Distance: to be determined after precise track length and average speeds are gauged. Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered more than 1,000 tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone/Firestone Technical ...

Race Distance: to be determined after precise track length and average speeds are gauged.

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered more than 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 up to eight sets (32 tires) of slicks for use throughout the race weekend, to use in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. This is an increase of one set over the normal weekend street-course allotment to give drivers and teams ample opportunity to learn and master the new Miami circuit. The tire specification is a completely new compound and construction combination, designed by Bridgestone Motorsport engineers with the demands of the tight Miami streets in mind.

* 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 Bridgestone 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, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "CART's return to the streets of Miami is an exciting undertaking. This is an important market for both the series and Bridgestone, and we are thrilled to be participating this weekend. For a tire supplier, venturing to a new track where no testing can be conducted prior to race weekend forces you to estimate somewhat on tire specification selection. Fortunately, the Bridgestone Motorsport race tire development staff is renowned for its accuracy in choosing tires, and we have every confidence the proper decision has been made yet again. This weekend's Potenzas are a totally new tire, sort of a middle-of-the-road version between the two street course versions used previously this season. We believe it will stand up well to the rigors of Miami."

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