CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Bridgestone preview

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Molson Grand Prix of Toronto - Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada July 7-9, 2006 - Round 7 of 15 Race Distance: 150.93 miles/242.898 km (86...

BRIDGESTONE POTENZA FAST FACTS
Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford
Molson Grand Prix of Toronto - Exhibition Place, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
July 7-9, 2006 - Round 7 of 15

Race Distance: 150.93 miles/242.898 km (86 laps around the 1.755-mile/2.824-km temporary street course).

Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 766 dry-condition ("slicks") and 304 wet-condition ("rains") 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 brought two dry-tire specifications and a single wet-tire spec, broken down in the following manner:

* Standard dry-condition tires: Each car receives seven sets of standard specification slicks (28 tires) for the weekend, to use in the practice, qualifying and race sessions. Bridgestone's street-course tires are produced with softer carcass constructions and higher-grip tread compounds than for other type circuits because ultimate grip is needed to negotiate the slower twists and turns a street course offers. The standard Potenza slick for Toronto is new for 2006 and is scheduled, along with this weekend's alternate spec, to be the busiest in the Bridgestone arsenal this year. Debuting at Houston in May, this specification also will be used as the standard spec at San Jose, Denver and Korea, and the alternate spec at Australia.

* Alternate dry-condition tires: Each car receives two sets of alternate slicks (eight tires) to use this weekend; they are easily identified by their bright red sidewalls. At least one set of alternates must be used for a stint in Sunday's race. The Bridgestone alternate tire's construction is identical to the standard slick, but the alternate possesses a tread compound with better grip ("softer"), making it faster but possibly not quite as durable. The Toronto alternate spec is new for 2006 but has already seen race time at Long Beach and Houston. It is also scheduled to be the alternate spec at San Jose, Denver and Korea later this season.

* Wet-condition tires ("rains"): Each car receives up to four new sets of grooved-tread Potenza rain tires (16 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 officials opted for its higher-grip rain-tire specification for this weekend.

Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "The popular swing of Canadian Champ Car events begins this weekend, with three of the next five races there, where the stands are jammed with knowledgeable and enthusiastic fans. Toronto has built a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest-run and most-popular events on the entire Champ Car circuit, and we always enjoy returning. The racing on the streets of Toronto is often exciting, in part because the Bridgestone tires give the drivers the necessary grip and confidence to make bold passing maneuvers. It should be another great weekend of racing."

Bridgestone Pole Position Award update: Two weeks ago in Cleveland, A.J. Allmendinger became the fourth driver to collect a Bridgestone Pole Position Award this season, joining Sebastien Bourdais (3), Mario Dominguez (1) and Bruno Junqueira (1) on the honor roll. The pole winner at each race earns a $5,000 bonus and trophy from Bridgestone, with another $2,500 going to the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Sébastien Bourdais