CHAMPCAR/CART: Da Matta, Toyota top the charts at Laguna Seca

Da Matta, Toyota Top CART Preview Test Sessions MONTEREY, Calif. - Cristiano da Matta (Havoline Toyota) topped the time charts in both of today's sessions in the CART Sneak Preview at Laguna Seca. Da Matta, who won the final two races of the...

Da Matta, Toyota Top CART Preview Test Sessions

MONTEREY, Calif. - Cristiano da Matta (Havoline Toyota) topped the time charts in both of today's sessions in the CART Sneak Preview at Laguna Seca.

Da Matta, who won the final two races of the 2001 FedEx Championship, posted the fastest time of the day in today's second session with a lap of 115.925 mph. The Newman/Haas driver led a trio of Toyota-powered drivers in the top five of each session.

"Today was one of those days you don't have to work too much on the car to go fast," said da Matta. "It's good that the car is going fast so naturally with so few adjustments. I'm very happy with the Toyota engine. It's still too early to feel real good about testing times, but we know that if we want to fight for the championship this season, we need to be strong early."

Da Matta was the fastest on the day, but fellow Toyota drivers Townsend Bell, Christian Fittipaldi, Bruno Junqueira and Scott Dixon also placed in the top five in one of the two test sessions. In addition, da Matta, Dixon, Bell, Fittipaldi and Kenny Brack all placed in the top 10 in each of the day's two sessions.

Testing continues on Sunday in the final day of the CART Sneak Preview. <pre> Saturday's Toyota Results

Session 1                               Session 2
1.  Cristiano da Matta                   1.  Cristiano da Matta
4.  Townsend Bell                        4.  Bruno Junqueira
5.  Christian Fittipaldi                 5.  Scott Dixon
7.  Kenny Brack                          7.  Christian Fittipaldi
10. Scott Dixon                          8.  Kenny Brack
11. Tora Takagi                          9.  Townsend Bell
13. Oriol Servia                         13. Oriol Servia
14. Bruno Junqueira                      19. Tora Takagi

- TOYOTA motorsports

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Christian Fittipaldi , Scott Dixon , Oriol Servia , Tora Takagi , Kenny Brack , Townsend Bell , Cristiano da Matta