CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee: Bridgestone preview

Race Distance: 258.00 miles (250 laps around the 1.032-mile oval). Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 858 dry-condition ("slick") Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical Center in...

Race Distance: 258.00 miles (250 laps around the 1.032-mile oval).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 858 dry-condition ("slick") 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 to each race. Each entered car receives up to eight sets of tires (32 total) to utilize for practice, qualifying and the race.

Bridgestone Motorsport engineers developed new right-side tires for Milwaukee that feature even greater durability than their short-oval predecessors. Durability, the capacity to retain a top performance level throughout a full stint, is critical for the right-side tires because they bear the brunt of g forces, loading and stress on ovals. The left-side tires this weekend are from the same specification used at Milwaukee in 2002.

Stagger Helps the Cars Go 'Round: Bridgestone builds its oval-track tires with every driver aid possible, including stagger to help the Champ Cars turn more smoothly. Stagger is simply making the right rear tire slightly greater in circumference than the left rear, in this weekend's case, about 0.42 inches. The result of that miniscule size differential is a natural tendency for the cars to want to turn left, easing strain on both driver and machine.

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

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "It's exciting for Bridgestone as both competitor and Presenting Sponsor to participate in the first night race in CART history. The series continues working to bring new fans and excitement into its events, and we believe this prime-time experiment will be a winner. From the supplier side, we're confident that the Bridgestone Potenza tires will deliver their customary sensational performance again this weekend. The main difference for us to consider when night racing is that air and track temperatures are normally lower than for daytime events. The Potenzas are versatile enough to handle such temperature fluctuations, so we believe they'll still provide the grip, consistency and durability the Champ Car drivers rely upon with such trust."

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