CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Bridgestone preview

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 620 dry-condition and 350 wet-condition Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the Bridgestone Technical Center in Akron, Ohio. Per Champ Car World Series regulations, ...

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 620 dry-condition and 350 wet-condition 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 brings a single dry tire specification and a single wet spec, allowing every team and driver equal footing on the racetrack. * Dry-condition tires ("slicks"): Each car receives seven sets of slicks (28 tires) for the race weekend, to use as its team sees fit in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Bridgestone Motorsport engineers chose to return to Australia with a tire specification proven on the streets of Surfers Paradise last year as well as in earlier 2003 races. It is the middle of three Potenza street-course specs and ran well this season at St. Petersburg and Denver. * Wet-condition tires ("rains"): Bridgestone supplies each car up to four new sets of grooved-tread rain tires per race weekend on road and street courses, as needed. In addition, teams may use two sets of rain tires per car issued at a previous event. Bridgestone brought its street-course rain tire specification for this weekend.

Bridgestone Takes on Presenting Sponsor Status: Bridgestone entered Champ Car competition in 2002 as Official Tire Supplier to every entrant. The world's largest tire and rubber company increased its stake and profile in 2003, becoming series sponsor of what is now known as Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Surfers Paradise is always a highlight of the Champ Car World Series schedule because of its exotic locale and spirited fan support. Bridgestone looks forward to participating in this event because it allows us to enjoy the surroundings and show off the superior capabilities of the Potenza race tires to a different market of customers. It was no simple task getting the race tires Down Under, however. One day last week, the Bridgestone service crew was unloading the tires that had just been trucked back from the race in Mexico City a few days prior. The following day, the service crew was at a hangar near Indianapolis airport, mounting the Australia race tires onto wheels in preparation for shipment on the Champ Car cargo planes with the rest of the equipment. Once the equipment cleared Australian customs and was trucked to the racetrack, our crew was on hand to unload and recount all the tires, then check to make certain each prized Potenza arrived in perfect condition before being distributed to the teams. The process was grueling to assure the tires' safe delivery to Surfers but it was another successful cooperative effort between Bridgestone and Champ Car. As a series sponsor and official supplier, we embrace challenges like this that Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford offers us."

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