Mexico City: Team USA debuts new car, new look

A1 TEAM USA Debuts a New Car and New Look in Mexico City MEXICO CITY, Mexico-The A1 TEAM USA mechanics put in three long nights to assemble a brand new car for TEAM USA driver Jonathan Summerton, and their efforts proved well worth it...

A1 TEAM USA Debuts a New Car and New Look in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY, Mexico-The A1 TEAM USA mechanics put in three long nights to assemble a brand new car for TEAM USA driver Jonathan Summerton, and their efforts proved well worth it once they saw their young driver off in the new car for Friday's practice session at Circuit Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City. The "We the People" car also debuted its latest look compliments of Burger King whose logos fit perfectly with the team's patriotic color scheme.

In the morning's rookie session, the team began with customary new car installation checks, then ran in some brake pads before setting about business. Instantly, Summerton jumped to P2 on the timesheets. The track surface was dusty at first. With every lap, the racing line became cleaner and grippier, and the times began to fall. The final result was P9 with a 1:30.356 in Rookies 1. In Rookies 2, the team again tried both aero and mechanical changes. Summerton produced a 1:30.402 which was good enough for P10 in Rookies 2 and a combined result of 12th place in Practice 1.

"TEAM USA built me a great new car. My hand is fine--no ill effects from the crash in Durban," said Summerton following the morning practice. "We got through a lot of test items off our plan, so I can't be too disappointed with the rookie session. We will be faster this afternoon"

Summerton delivered on his promise, ending the day in 6th position in the afternoon's official practice. A problem with the steering wheel saw the car stick in 6th gear at the end of the session as many cars made a banzai last run and jumped up the time sheets. The session was a tough search for speed as the car would slide wide in one corner but be ready to spin in the next. It took considerable effort from all corners of the team to work towards a sixth place finish.

"I'm happy with how the car ran and how we progressed," said Summerton. "Ending in P6 is okay. I think we can go faster tomorrow. The track is a lot bumpier than I expected. It's very wide and fast--that's one of the longest straights I've ever seen and the Peraltada corner is really fast and challenging. Even though we are at high altitude, I feel good, although it is quite hot".

"The team has really put forth a great effort to get us where we are this week, and we are glad Jonathan is healthy enough to join us in Mexico City," said A1 TEAM USA owner Rick Weidinger. "We are also really excited to be coming into this race sporting a fresh new look to the "We The People" car thanks to Burger King. The car looks fantastic and we are looking forward to a great weekend!"

The weekend's racing action for A1 TEAM USA continues on Saturday, March 24th with the final practice and qualifying for the Sprint race. The week will culminate on Sunday, March 25th with the 20-minute Sprint Race in the morning and the 70-minute Feature Race in the afternoon.

The A1GP race in Mexico City can be seen in the USA, Canada, and Mexico on Wednesday, March 28th at 4PM on the Speed Channel.

-credit: team usa

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Series A1GP
Drivers Jonathan Summerton , Rick Weidinger