Race Distance: 178.1 miles/286.6 kilometers (100 laps on the 1.781-mile/2.866-kilometer temporary street circuit). Potenza Race Tires Supplied: Bridgestone delivered 620 dry-condition and 340 wet-condition Potenza race tires for use this weekend.
Race Distance: 178.1 miles/286.6 kilometers (100 laps on the 1.781-mile/2.866-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 product for the second consecutive Canadian Champ Car street race on the schedule. The same tread compound/sidewall construction combination selected for this weekend was used two weeks ago at Toronto and at Long Beach in April. * 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 it drew very positive ratings from drivers after its use during wet sessions two weekends ago in Toronto.
Quote from Al Speyer, Executive Director, Bridgestone Motorsport: "The Canadian race fans definitely provided a shining example of their enthusiasm for the sport two weeks ago in Toronto, and we expect much of the same this weekend in Vancouver. We are always excited to come to Vancouver because of the passion and knowledge the fans have for racing. It is truly an 'event' in Vancouver and not just a race. That excitement fuels our desire to give the Champ Car drivers the best possible tires to help them compete at the top level. It will be an encore performance for the Potenza tire specification in use this weekend. Not only did it deliver a fine showing in Toronto but it also performed exceptionally well in Vancouver last year. We expect the Bridgestone tires to again contribute to some fine racing this weekend."
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.