CHAMPCAR/CART: Vancouver: Bridgestone preview

Race Distance: 151.385 mi./243.631 km (85 laps on the 1.781-mi./2.866-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: 151.385 mi./243.631 km (85 laps on the 1.781-mi./2.866-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 Vancouver, 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 determines 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. This spec has already seen duty at the season opener in Long Beach and two weeks ago at Toronto. 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: "We return to Canada for another highly popular temporary street circuit, one that issues many of the same challenges for tires that we saw two weeks ago at Toronto. The many twists and turns that necessitate multiple braking and acceleration points - over a range of varying track surfaces - place a great demand on tire performance. Especially now that the Champ Cars do not have traction control, it is certainly possible to abuse the tires if teams are not careful to attain a proper car set-up and drivers do not take care to minimize sliding through the turns and create excessive wheel spin upon exiting the corners. It's a delicate balance to achieve that optimal set-up and driving style, yet it's also one of the great tests that make this competition so exciting. As past experience has shown as recently as Toronto, the Bridgestone Potenza tires are up to the task this weekend and those teams and drivers that use their tires most efficiently will be up front when the checkered flag falls.

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