CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: CTE Racing-HVM Friday report

Lack of grip and Understeer Haunt CTE Racing HVM in Denver Denver, CO. (August 11, 2006): A challenging day in Denver resulted in disappointing results for CTE Racing HVM drivers Nelson Philippe and Dan Clarke as they finished 11th and 14th...

Lack of grip and Understeer Haunt CTE Racing HVM in Denver

Denver, CO. (August 11, 2006): A challenging day in Denver resulted in disappointing results for CTE Racing HVM drivers Nelson Philippe and Dan Clarke as they finished 11th and 14th in today's provisional qualifying.

Nelson Philippe: "I just can't push the car. We definitely have plenty of homework to do tonight; we have to figure out why we have so much understeer. Nevertheless, I am confident we will get it done. I hope that it stays dry tomorrow and we can get a good run in. The understeer is the only issue I have, other than that the car is good so we just need to figure that out."

Rookie Dan Clarke (#14 CTE Racing HVM/Ford-Cosworth/Lola) turned his first laps on the Denver street circuit today. He also fought understeer while coming to grips with the twisty, tight circuit in temperatures that reached the mid-90's. The #14 crew will focus on the rear-end of the car as they strategize to improve the car for final qualifying tomorrow.

Dan Clarke: "It's not going as well we would have liked at this stage of the weekend. We're struggling at the moment, there is just something missing. I know we'll get on top of it and we will be bouncing back tomorrow. The track is quite bumpy with lots of concrete, and tight, not dissimilar to Toronto, and it is low on grip. The grip levels are not helping us at this stage either, but I'm still feeling confident that by Sunday we'll have it sorted and will be out there fighting.

CTE-HVM team co-owner Keith Wiggins comments: "We are usually quick when we come to Denver but looking at our results in provisional qualifying, it is clear we haven't got it quite right. The weather forecast seems to be in question this weekend; we'll need a clear session tomorrow. Denver is certainly a track where qualifying up front is absolutely necessary because the track doesn't present a lot of passing opportunities."

-credit: cte racing-hvm

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Nelson Philippe , Dan Clarke