CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Bridgestone preview

Bridgestone Potenza Fast Facts Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 668 dry-condition Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. The "slicks" - non-treaded tires -...

Bridgestone Potenza Fast Facts

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 668 dry-condition Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. The "slicks" - non-treaded tires - for this weekend come from the identical tire specification that Bridgestone Motorsport engineers utilized a year ago at The Milwaukee Mile. Tires for each car are selected randomly by a Champ Car official, guaranteeing every driver equal footing on the racetrack. The "option tire" concept employed earlier this season at Long Beach will not be used this weekend.

* A Stagger-ing Effect: This being the lone oval event on the current Champ Car World Series schedule, it means the Bridgestone Potenza race tires will employ the concept of "stagger" for the only time this season. Stagger is achieved when the diameter of the right-rear tire is purposely made slightly greater than that of the left-rear tire. This effect helps the Champ Cars turn more smoothly and naturally on ovals, much the way a Styrofoam coffee cup will naturally roll in a tight circle (with the smaller base end of the cup always remaining on the inside of the circle) when placed on its side. The diameter differential in the Potenza oval tires (0.42 inches) is not nearly as much as that of the coffee cup, but the effect is very similar.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "It's always good to return to Milwaukee, one of the most historic racetracks in the United States. Many great drivers have competed on the 'Mile' over the years. The fact that the event is being held at night for the second straight year only adds to the excitement. We just hope conditions are a bit warmer this year, although the Potenza race tires performed admirably last year in the chilly temperatures and we expect the tires to do just as well again this year. Saturday's race marks a small milestone for the Bridgestone Motorsport program - it is our 40th race since we became the Official Tire of the Champ Car World Series. In addition, Bridgestone/Firestone is the Official Tire for all races at The Milwaukee Mile this year. We're proud of these associations and partnerships, and we look forward to showing everyone in the grandstands and those watching on TV or the Internet just how sensationally competitive the Bridgestone tires continue to be."

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