CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Bridgestone race report

Tagliani Gets First Champ Car Win Rocketsports Racing's Alex Tagliani gave the team its first Champ Car World Series win at Road America in a wild race ruled by pit strategy. The team's quick thinking after an early yellow was the difference...

Tagliani Gets First Champ Car Win

Rocketsports Racing's Alex Tagliani gave the team its first Champ Car World Series win at Road America in a wild race ruled by pit strategy. The team's quick thinking after an early yellow was the difference in a race with a three green-flag pit-stop mandate.

On an afternoon when nearly everything was unpredictable, the one consistent factor was the performance of every competitor's Bridgestone Potenza racing radials. Because the characteristics of Road America are like none other on the Champ Car circuit, the tire specification designed for this weekend by the Bridgestone race tire development team was one unique to this track and will not be used at any other venue this season.

"For me, the Bridgestones worked really well," said Tagliani. "The tires were very consistent and I could do quick laps right out of the box. The first stint I had a lot of push so I was just trying to save the tires. And then we made a change on the first stop and we didn't touch the car the rest of the race. We made a tire pressure adjustment and a wing change, and after that the car was quick and very consistent. I think that's what made the race for us."

Quote from Joe Barbieri, Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport: "The track here at Road America is the most demanding permanent road course that Bridgestone has to deal with. Once again the engineers designed a tire that was consistent and durable, and that's exactly what the drivers need here. As Alex said, he was able to do quick laps right out of the box and stay consistent throughout the race, and that's our goal. Congratulations to Alex and the whole Rocketsports team on their first win together."

In other news: Bridgestone Motorsport made a $500 donation to Hole in the Wall Gang Camps as part of the charity's event to be hosted this week by Forsythe Racing in Buffalo Grove, Ill. The event, held at Chicago Indoor Karting, is open to Champ Car teams, sponsors and media.

Race temperatures ranged from 80 to 81 degrees ambient and from 93 to 100 degrees track (F).

Race temperatures ranged from 26.7 to 27.2 degrees ambient and 33.9 to 37.8 degrees track (C).

-bridgestone

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