CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Bridgestone preview

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/Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. * Dry-condition tires ("slicks"):...

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/Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio.

* Dry-condition tires ("slicks"): Each car receives up to seven sets of slicks (28 tires) for the race weekend, to use as its team sees fit in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Bridgestone Motorsport engineers created a unique tire specification for this event, matching Bridgestone's highest-grip road-course compound formula with a street-course carcass construction. The "softer" tire construction allows for better grip and car control around the notoriously slick Fundidora Park circuit. A number of teams have tested this new design in recent weeks and provided positive feedback, but this weekend's competition will provide the first in-earnest usage of the specification.

* Wet-condition tires ("rains"): Bridgestone supplies each car up to four new sets of grooved rain tires per race weekend on road and street courses, as needed. In addition, teams may bring two sets of rain tires per car that were issued at a previous event but not used. At Monterrey, the rain tire chosen is Bridgestone's street-course version, featuring a softer construction and compound, offering improved grip in wet and drying conditions.

Bridgestone Takes on Presenting Sponsor Status: Bridgestone joined Champ Car competition in 2002 as Official Tire Supplier to every entrant. The world's largest tire and rubber company increased its stake in 2003, becoming Presenting Sponsor of what is now known as Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

Strong Bridgestone Support in Mexico: The international reach of the Champ Car World Series is one of the reasons Bridgestone is so heavily involved. This weekend's event in Monterrey typifies that idea. In Mexico, Bridgestone has some 1,250 employees spread among corporate offices in Mexico City, tire production plants in Mexico City and Cuernavaca, a test track in Acuna and a warehousing facility in Cuernavaca. There also are 480 Bridgestone retail outlets in Mexico.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport:

"Monterrey has been an extremely popular event its first two years, and Bridgestone is pleased to return this year as Presenting Sponsor. It allows us to increase exposure for the Bridgestone brand in a very important growing market. Many Bridgestone/Mexico employees, dealers and customers will be on hand this weekend to enjoy the festivities. It's also important to note that we listened to drivers and teams after last year's Monterrey race. We return in 2003 with two completely new tire specifications, one for dry conditions and the other for wet times. Both should provide better grip on what has come to be known as one of the slickest tracks on the schedule. Better grip translates into better racing, and that's what we expect to see this weekend."

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