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Bridgestone Tests the Iconic Potenza Tire Line at One Lap of America

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Bridgestone at One Lap of America 2024. Photo Bridgestone

Bridgestone is celebrating its iconic Potenza tire line’s 45th anniversary by competing in the 40th running of the Tire Rack One Lap of America event on May 4-11, 2024.

Team Potenza Race and Team Potenza RE-71RS will participate in the eight-day, 3,500-mile event, known as one of the most difficult endurance challenges in the United States.

This cross-country event spans 15 states and includes time attack trials at some of America’s most famous racetracks. Teams will spend nearly 24 hours a day making the gruelling journey and pushing the tires’ performance and durability to the limit across multiple courses and thousands of miles.

Motorsports fundamental to Bridgestone

“Motorsports have been fundamental to Bridgestone’s identity for more than 60 years, and racing is a true passion for us as a company to enhance the joy of the sport,” said Cara Krstolic, Executive Director, Race Tire Engineering and Production, Bridgestone Americas. “One Lap of America offers a thrilling platform to celebrate and showcase our high-performance Potenza lineup’s enduring legacy of performance and reliability. We will continue to use racing as a proving ground for our R&D efforts. What really matters is that the new solutions we deliver on track today will transform premium mobility on the road tomorrow.”

Team Potenza Race and Team Potenza RE-71RS will be advised by professional racecar driver Katherine Legge. Legge has won multiple races in the International Motorsports Association (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and boasts one of the most diverse resumes in modern motorsports. In addition to IMSA, Legge has experience in NASCAR, INDYCAR, ChampCar, DTM, A1GP, Formula E, Formula 3, Formula Atlantic, Formula Renault, Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy series and a Formula One test with Minardi.

Team Potenza Race

Team Potenza Race will consist of Krstolic and professional racecar driver Christina Nielsen. Krstolic has more than 15 years of racing experience and oversees all design, development, manufacturing and track-side support of INDYCAR race tires in North America.

Nielsen brings over 15 years of global professional racing experience and is a champion of the IMSA Endurance Championship and a two-time champion of the IMSA Weathertech series. Krstolic and Nielsen will be competing in a 2024 Acura Integra Type S equipped with Bridgestone Potenza Race tires. As team number 93, Krstolic and Nielsen celebrate the number of years Bridgestone has been in business.

Team Potenza Race will be competing in the sports/GT cars over $50,000 and engine displacement under 3.5L class.

 

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