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 11-13, 2003 - Round 10 of 19 Race Distance: 196.56 miles/316.333 kilometers...

Bridgestone Potenza Fast Facts

Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Molson Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 11-13, 2003 - Round 10 of 19

Race Distance: 196.56 miles/316.333 kilometers (112 laps on the 1.755-mile/2.824-kilometer temporary street circuit).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied:

Bridgestone delivered 620 dry-condition and 340 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-tire spec, allowing every driver equal footing on the racetrack.

Dry-condition tires ("slicks"):

Each car receives seven sets of slicks (28 tires) for the weekend, to use as its team sees fit in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Bridgestone Motorsport engineers chose a proven tire product for the first Champ Car street race in three months. The same tread compound/sidewall construction combination selected for this weekend was used for the most recent street-course event, at Long Beach in April. The identical tire spec also drew great praise a year ago when it was used in Toronto. * 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 rain tires issued at a previous event. Bridgestone developed a new street-course wet-condition tire for 2003 and has it on hand for use if necessary.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport:

"With this the first street-course event for the Champ Cars in three months, it's reassuring for the drivers to know they'll have a familiar, reliable tire carrying them this weekend. This particular tire spec has shown itself to be extremely competitive while at the same time not creating an overabundance of tire debris - better known as 'marbles' - that can hinder street racing. It's a fine tightrope Bridgestone walks as official supplier, to develop tires that possess the grip Champ Car drivers crave to generate top speeds and negotiate the twisting turns on a street circuit, while at the same time not depositing too many marbles off the racing line. This weekend we'll use the 'softest' tire of any in the current Potenza Champ Car line. We think it strikes a solid balance that meets both objectives."

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 Presenting Sponsor of what is now known as Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

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