CHAMPCAR/CART: Montreal: Bridgestone preview

Race Distance: 186.921 mi./300.821 km (69 laps around the 2.709-mi./4.360-km permanent road course). Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 924 dry-condition ("slicks") and 304 wet-condition ("rains") Potenza race tires for use this...

Race Distance: 186.921 mi./300.821 km (69 laps around the 2.709-mi./4.360-km permanent road course).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 924 dry-condition ("slicks") and 304 wet-condition ("rains") 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 brought two dry-tire specifications and a single wet-tire spec, broken down in the following manner:

* Standard dry-condition tires: Each car receives five sets of standard slicks (20 tires) for the weekend, to use in practice, qualifying and race sessions. The standard dry-condition specification for this event contains the "softest" standard road-course tire compound and construction that Bridgestone employs in the series. A new tire in 2004, it is the same spec run at Monterrey and Portland earlier this season and will be used again in two weeks at Laguna Seca.

* Alternate dry-condition tires: Each car receives three sets of alternate slicks (12 tires) to use this weekend. One set (new or used) must be used for a stint in Sunday's race, but there is no series mandate on when or how long it must be run. The construction of the alternate tire is identical to the standard slick, but the alternate tire possesses a tread compound with moderately increased grip ("softer"). While the alternate tire contains additional speed potential, it trades away some of the long-lasting durability of the standard spec.

* Wet-condition tires ("rains"): Each car receives up to four new sets of grooved-tread Potenza rain tires per weekend on road and street courses, as needed. In addition, each car may use two sets of same-spec rain tires issued at a previous event. Bridgestone has two rain-tire specifications at its disposal for the 2004 season. The "softer" street-course rain tire is available this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "We're excited to bring the alternate tire back into the equation this weekend. We last used an alternate tire in Portland and had good results - the cars were noticeably faster on the alternates and it added a lot of excitement to the race. This weekend we've brought three sets for each team in an effort to give them a better opportunity to get a handle on the performance characteristics of these tires. We've also continued to improve the sidewall markings for the alternate tires. It's been a challenge for us to come up with a marking that makes it easy for viewers to identify when teams are using the alternate tires, but this weekend the sidewall is almost completely red and should be clearly visible from the stands and on television. Montreal is always a great event - the city seems to really come alive on race weekend, there are always many knowledgeable fans in the grandstands and we hope this adds to the excitement."

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