Bridgestone Potenza Fast Facts CART FedEx Championship Series G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway, Portland, Ore. June 14-16, 2002 Race Distance: 216.59 miles (110 laps around the 1.969-mile permanent road course). Potenza Race ...
Bridgestone Potenza Fast Facts
CART FedEx Championship Series
G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway, Portland, Ore.
June 14-16, 2002
Race Distance: 216.59 miles (110 laps around the 1.969-mile permanent road course).
Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered nearly 1,000 tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone/Firestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio.
* Dry-condition ("slick") tires: Each car receives seven sets for use throughout practice, qualifying and the race. The tire specification in use this weekend is the Bridgestone road course version with the most grip. It was used just last week at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., and also in the season-opening race at Monterrey, Mexico.
* Wet-condition ("rain") tires: Each car is permitted up to four new sets of rain tires supplied by Bridgestone Motorsport this weekend. In addition, under a recent CART rule, teams may bring two additional sets of rain tires per car that they received at a previous event but used little or not at all. Since Bridgestone is utilizing a single wet-tire spec at all 2002 road/street races, the tires can be carried over to another event without a performance change. CART's decision permitting teams to carry the additional rain sets assures drivers a sufficient number should wet conditions persist on a race weekend.
The Official Tire of CART: Bridgestone joins the FedEx Championship Series in 2002 as the Official Tire of CART and, as such, will supply all teams with Bridgestone Potenza racing radials. While it is Bridgestone's first year in this series, the tire manufacturer boasts an enviable racing heritage spanning four decades.
Quote from Al Speyer, Bridgestone Motorsport Executive Director:
"Portland provides the second test of Bridgestone's softest road course tire in as many weekends. The Potenza tires passed with high marks on the first half of the exam at Laguna Seca and we fully expect the tires to be up to the task again at Portland. This tire specification has demonstrated excellent wear, consistency and durability in its previous uses. PIR may be the most demanding of the three tracks where we've utilized the tire this season, however, so the Bridgestone engineers will monitor tire performance throughout the weekend and work with teams to make sure they get the most out of their Potenzas. We're also glad to see CART formally permit teams up to six sets of rain tires. We learned last year here how wet weather can affect the weekend. The additional rain sets should help teams be prepared for any situation, wet or dry."
Watch the race: The G.I. Joe's 200 will air live on CBS-TV, beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday.