CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey: Bridgestone race report

Another flawless winning day for Tracy, save for the donuts. Paul Tracy put together his second straight mistake-free effort to win his second straight Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford race of the 2003 season today.

Another flawless winning day for Tracy, save for the donuts.

Paul Tracy put together his second straight mistake-free effort to win his second straight Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford race of the 2003 season today. And afterward, the Canadian veteran was quick to credit his Bridgestone Potenza tires for being the key to victory.

Tracy led 69 of 85 laps around the Fundidora Park road course and won by just more than two seconds to earn his 21st career Champ Car triumph. It is Tracy's third with Bridgestone since the manufacturer became the Official Tire of the series in 2002.

"I had four sets of Bridgestone stickers today and I think that was the difference," Tracy said. "I had a sticker set on every run, partly because we didn't run in qualifying yesterday. We were able to attack the tire and push the tire hard because we didn't have any miles on (each set before use). We had fresh sets of tires and we were really able to just load the tire hard. It was a perfect combination for the race."

Tracy's only mistake came after he took the checkered flag when he thrilled the crowd by performing some victory donuts in the grass. Unfortunately, he stalled his Player's/Forsythe Ford/Lola/Bridgestone and needed a push start to make it to victory lane. "I guess I need to call (Alex) Zanardi for some advice on doing donuts," Tracy quipped.

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Project Supervisor, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Paul Tracy has certainly started the season in fantastic fashion, and we're proud to know he considers his Bridgestone tires a key ingredient of that success. As Paul said, he was able to lean hard on his Potenzas and they were with him every step of the way to victory lane. At the request of teams and drivers, Bridgestone developed a new tire specification for this race, in an effort to provide more grip on the slick course. Still, the lack of track surface adhesion caused some unexpected graining of right-front tires on a number of cars. Racing is our most visible laboratory of tire development, so our engineering staff will investigate the issue thoroughly. We will work overtime to see that, as usual, we bring the best possible Bridgestone tires when we return to Monterrey in 2004."

Race temperatures ranged from 113 to 118 degrees track and from 82 to 86 degrees ambient (F).
Race temperatures ranged from 45 to 48 degrees track and from 28 to 30 degrees ambient (C).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy