CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Bridgestone preview

Race Distance: 166.725 miles/268.318 km (95 laps on the 1.755-mile/2.824 km temporary street circuit). Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 668 dry-condition and 304 wet-condition Potenza race tires for use this weekend. All ...

Race Distance: 166.725 miles/268.318 km (95 laps on the 1.755-mile/2.824 km temporary street circuit).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 668 dry-condition and 304 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 to Toronto, 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 sees fit in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Bridgestone Motorsport engineers chose one of their most popular race tire specifications for this weekend, opting for the "soft" street-course compound/construction combination. The spec performed well at this year's season opener in Long Beach and will be utilized at future street-course events in Vancouver and Denver this season. It is also the "softest" Potenza race tire in the current Bridgestone lineup for the Champ Car World Series. * 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, 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.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "Returning to Canada is an annual highlight for the Bridgestone Motorsport program. The enthusiasm that the Canadian fans show for their Champ Car races gets our motors running as well, so to speak. The Toronto circuit is a tight, challenging street course that demands excellent grip from the tires. The drivers constantly charge their cars into the turns and count on the Bridgestone tires to deliver them through to the other side. Exiting the turns is just as important and just as stressful on the tires, as the drivers punch the accelerator to put the power down. The tires must provide the grip to launch the cars forward without sliding. The Potenzas that all 18 Champ Cars will be riding on this weekend have already shown they can handle those challenges because we ran the same specification here a year ago with great success. We're confident the tires will be up to the task again in 2004."

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