CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Bridgestone preview

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Molson Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 8-10, 2005 - Round 6 of 14 Race Distance: 154.44 miles/248.548 kilometers (88...

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS

Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Molson Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 8-10, 2005 - Round 6 of 14

Race Distance: 154.44 miles/248.548 kilometers (88 laps around the 1.755-mile 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. For this event, Bridgestone has brought a single dry-tire specification and a single wet-tire specification, allowing every driver equal footing on the racetrack.

Dry-condition tires ("slicks"): Each car receives eight sets of slicks (32 tires) for the weekend, to use in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Bridgestone Motorsport engineers have chosen their most popular street-course tire specification for Toronto's race weekend. It contains the compound formula with the most grip - the "softest" standard specification available in the Bridgestone street course inventory (excluding the alternate specs used at selected tracks). The same spec ran successfully at Toronto in 2004 and was used as the standard tire spec in the 2005 season opener at Long Beach.

Wet-condition tires ("rains"): Each car receives up to four new sets of grooved-tread Potenza rain tires per weekend on road and street courses, as needed. In addition, each car may use two sets of same-spec rain tires issued at a previous event. Bridgestone has two rain-tire specifications at its disposal, a more durable one for the faster circuits and a softer version for the slower, tighter tracks. The softer rain tire is available this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport:

"The diversity of the Champ Car World Series and the demands it places on Bridgestone as official tire supplier have never been more evident than in the past month. First it was a tight, short oval at Milwaukee. Then it was a traditional road course in Portland, followed by a wide-open airport circuit at Cleveland. Now we're back in the concrete jungle for the tight street circuit of Toronto. The Potenza race tires have stood up well to each of these dramatically different tracks so far, and we expect that to continue this weekend as we return with a tire specification already proven here. Toronto is one of Bridgestone's favorite Champ Car locales because the fans are so passionate for the sport. We look forward to the Potenza tires helping provide them another memorable race."

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