CHAMPCAR/CART: Dale Coyne Racing to test European tracks

Plainfield, Illinois - Dale Coyne Racding has loaded their 2000 Lola/Ford onto a FedEx plane and are winging there way to Europe for a week of testing. Racing Teams, Rockingham Motor Speedway, EuroSpeedway/Lausitz, and Firestone are planning a...

Plainfield, Illinois - Dale Coyne Racding has loaded their 2000 Lola/Ford onto a FedEx plane and are winging there way to Europe for a week of testing. Racing Teams, Rockingham Motor Speedway, EuroSpeedway/Lausitz, and Firestone are planning a week of testing.

The testing will begin on the 31st of July at Corby's Rockingham oval. Alex Barron will be doing the initial driving duties, evaluating tires, track conditions, and speeds. Upon a successful completion of those duties and time permitting, former Formula One Jaguar driver,Johnny Herbert will be doing his first will be doing his first laps in the 900 horsepower champ car.

"We are very excited about bing able to get Alex back in circulation after the superior job he did for us at the end of last year," commented team owner champ car is also something that I am very proud to be able to offer.

Alex Barron competed at the end of the 2000 season for Dale Coyne Racing. His performance at the last two races showed great promise for both the team and the driver. At both Australia and Fontana, Alex was running in second place during the closing stages of the race closing in on the two eventual winners Adrian Fernandez and Christian Fittipaldi respectively. Engine failures in the last laps cost him the possible wins.

"I appreciate the opportunity that Dale had given me last year, and again now" reported the past Toyota Atlantic Champion Alex Barron. "It will be good to be back in a champ car after out successful finish to last year.

After finishing the tests at Rockingham, the team will be moving to Germany and the new EuroSpeedway in Lausitz. Plans are to run some exhibition laps during a racing event scheduled there on the fourth and fifth. Following that, a full aero and tire test for Monday the sixth is planned before returning to the states.

A full engineering report will be given to all the teams and manufacturers to fairly outline the performance data gathered during the test. "We welcome all engine and chassis manufacturers to come and observe our testing," reported Coyne. "This is an opportunity to test aero packages, tires and bring awareness to the people of England and Germany of the incredible sound and speed of champ cars on an oval."

-DCR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Christian Fittipaldi , Alex Barron , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing