CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: Bridgestone preview

Race Distance: 314.86 kilometers or 195.65 miles (70 laps around the 2.795-mile temporary street circuit). Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered nearly 1,000 tires for use this weekend. All were produced at the ...

Race Distance: 314.86 kilometers or 195.65 miles (70 laps around the 2.795-mile temporary street circuit).

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 up to seven sets (28 tires) of slicks for use throughout the race weekend, to use in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. The tire specification for this weekend comes from Bridgestone's more durable street course line. This spec was utilized successfully earlier this season at Denver.

* Wet-condition ("rain") tires: Bridgestone supplies each car up to four new sets of rain tires per weekend on road and street courses, as needed. In addition, teams may bring two additional sets of rain tires per car that they received at a previous event but did not use. Since Bridgestone is utilizing a single wet-tire spec at all road/street events in 2002, tires can be carried over to another weekend without a performance variance. 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 supplies 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, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "We're excited about Bridgestone making its Surfers Paradise debut in the FedEx Championship Series this weekend. The Australian fans are so welcoming and so voracious for Champ car racing that we can't wait to show off the Potenza race tires' championship caliber performance for them. The Surfers circuit is among the most challenging of CART's street courses because it is basically two long, fast straights connected by hairpin turns. The demands placed on the tires are many to stand up to the sensational speeds generated on the straights, yet still provide the grip and sure-footed control around the turns and chicanes. It's a delicate balance to develop a race tire that handles those demands without flinching, but the Bridgestone Motorsport engineers are confident they have developed and selected the right compound/construction formula to answer the call."

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