Figge sets pace in testing. SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. (March 5, 2003) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports and driver Alex Figge recently completed a very successful test at Firebird international Raceway. Running in conjunction with several of the top ...
Figge sets pace in testing.
SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. (March 5, 2003) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports and driver Alex Figge recently completed a very successful test at Firebird international Raceway.
Running in conjunction with several of the top teams in the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, Pacific Coast Motorsports conducted two days of pre-season testing on the 1.250-mile road course.
In the first day of testing, under sunny conditions, Pacific Coast Motorsports worked on finding additional mechanical grip. Driving the car to its limits, Figge displayed tremendous pace, posting quick laps throughout the day. At the end of the day, Figge had run in excess of a 140 laps, posting the third fastest time of the day, a mere two one hundredths of a second behind the fastest time.
"I think we learned a lot today," said Figge. "The car was very consistent on long runs, but I still think I can go quicker."
Following a long night adjusting the car setup, Pacific Coast Motorsports began its second day of testing under overcast skies. After some installations laps, Figge set about posting some very quick laps. Within an hour Figge head bettered the time from the first day of testing and set a new unofficial lap record of 51.9 seconds. As the test continued, Pacific Coast Motorsports continued to try various different car setups, while several teams unsuccessfully attempted to better Figge's time. Very late in the day, several teams went out on new tires, with only one car able to match Figge's blistering time set in the morning. At the conclusion of the test, Pacific Coast Motorsports had gathered a vast amount of information, while showing the speed and consistency to be championship contender.
"I'm very happy about how things have gone at the test," said Figge. The changes we did overnight allowed me to run some very fast laps without working as hard. The crew has been great and I think we showed a lot people we're going to be in the fight for the championship."
Pacific Coast Motorsports is a newly formed team focused on winning. Based in Santa Barbara, Calif., the team features a vast amount of Atlantic Championship experience.
Pacific Coast Motorsports will commence the 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, March 23, at the Tecate TelMex Grand Prix, in Monterrey, Mexico.