CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Bridgestone preview

Race Distance: 175.518 mi./282.469 km (63 laps on the 2.786-mi./4.484-km temporary street circuit). Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 740 dry-condition and 336 wet-condition Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All ...

Race Distance: 175.518 mi./282.469 km (63 laps on the 2.786-mi./4.484-km temporary street circuit).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 740 dry-condition and 336 wet-condition Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. Bridgestone brought a single dry-tire specification and a single wet spec Down Under, allowing every team and driver equal footing on the racetrack. There will NOT be an alternate dry-spec tire available this weekend.

* Dry-condition tires ("slicks"): Each car receives eight sets of slicks (32 total tires) for the race weekend, to use as its team determines in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Bridgestone Motorsport engineers selected a reliable dry specification for this weekend: the same spec utilized successfully a year ago at Surfers Paradise. This is the only race-weekend use in 2004 for this spec, which is more durable than the Potenza tires run at the other four temporary street circuits this season, owing to Australia's longer track distance and higher-speed straightaways.

* Wet-condition tires ("rains"): Bridgestone supplies each car up to four new sets (16 tires) of grooved-tread rain tires per race weekend on road and street courses, as needed. In addition, all the cars transported to Australia were loaded with a new set of rain tires mounted, meaning each team will have a total of five or six sets of new rains this weekend (depending whether a team shipped a back-up car). The Potenza rain tire spec for this weekend is the "softer" street-course variety.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "It's unanimous 0x2022 Surfers Paradise is one of the favorite destinations for everyone in the Champ Car World Series. It's no different for us at Bridgestone. The locale, the fervent fans, the scenic and challenging street circuit 0x2022 it all makes for a great weekend of racing and we're thrilled to be a part of it. This street course is more demanding in other ways than the typical urban track. Because it's basically a pair of long straights connected by hairpin turns, the speeds that the cars will run place a priority on a race tire's durability. That's why Bridgestone is again bringing its 'harder' street-course tire spec. While street-course tires in general are the softest of our line, this spec will best stand up to the rigors that the Australia track presents. We're looking forward to another exciting and fun-filled race weekend Down Under."

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