CARPENTIER THIRD QUICKEST IN THE R0LEX SERIES TEST AT DAYTONA MontrÃ©al, QC - November 6, 2006 -Patrick Carpentier turned in third quickest time in the first of the two-day test sessions held Monday at Daytona International Speedway. The Las...
CARPENTIER THIRD QUICKEST IN THE R0LEX SERIES TEST AT DAYTONA
Montréal, QC - November 6, 2006 -Patrick Carpentier turned in third quickest time in the first of the two-day test sessions held Monday at Daytona International Speedway. The Las Vegas (NV) resident drove his SAMAX Motorsport Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype around the 5.72-kilometer (3.56-mile) road course in 1 minute 44.215 seconds, half a second from the day's leader Max Angelelli of Italy (1:43.728 at 198.840 km/h), and one- hundredth of second behind Patrick Long of Oak Park, California (1:44.202). Fourth place went to 18-year old Colin Braun of Ovalo Texas. Last season, Braun became the youngest winner of a major league auto race in North America at the age of 17 when he won the Rolex Series race at the 14-turn road course of the Daytona International Speedway in June.
Carpentier joined Florida-based SAMAX Motorsport last October for his first full season of Daytona Prototype competition. Over the course of the 2007 14-race schedule, he will partner with three-time Rolex Series race winner Milka Duno of Venezuela. In Monday's test session, he shared the car with Duno. The first series-sanctioned pre-season test session drew 40 cars, which included 22 Daytona Prototypes.
"I went out three times today and the car felt better each time," Carpentier said. "We only used one set of fresh rubber at the end of the day and it was then that I was able to post my best time. Everyone on the SAMAX Team is happy with the day's results. Of course, every time I get to drive the car, I feel more at ease. This is also my third time on this track with this type of car. The weather conditions were not the best today, but it was the same for everyone. I will only do a partial day on Tuesday as newcomer Ryan Dalziel is coming in for his first test with the team."
On Tuesday, Carpentier will do a short stint in the morning session before ceding his seat to Ryan Dalziel of Scotland and Milka Duno of Venezuela. Both of these drivers will share the SAMAX Motorsport Pontiac Riley with Carpentier at the 2007 Daytona 24-Hour Rolex Series season opener January 27-28.
The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series will make its first appearance August 3 at Montreal's Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve for a 400-kilometer race. The Montreal race weekend will feature the first-ever NASCAR Busch Series race held in Canada.