Practice note: Mauricio Gugelmin was involved in a single car accident this afternoon during the second practice session of the day. He sustained a couple of minor cuts, and has been cleared by Dr. Steve Olvey, CART Director of Medical Affairs,...
Practice note: Mauricio Gugelmin was involved in a single car accident this afternoon during the second practice session of the day. He sustained a couple of minor cuts, and has been cleared by Dr. Steve Olvey, CART Director of Medical Affairs, to drive the remainder of the weekend.
- # 18 POWERWARE PANASONIC PACWEST TOYOTA
"I'm very happy with the car," said Dixon. "We made quite a lot of changes throughout the session all of which improved the car, so we're definitely headed in the right direction. Towards the end of the session we put a new set of tires on, but I couldn't get a clear lap. Had I gotten a clear lap in with the new set of tires we would have gained at least another tenth of a second, moving us up even more. My Powerware Panasonic PacWest Toyota has been very strong all year on short ovals, so I'm confident we'll do quite well in qualifying tomorrow."
MAURICIO GUGELMIN - # 17 NEXTEL PACWEST TOYOTA
"I was 18 laps into a 40 lap stint," said Gugelmin. "I was running with full tanks and had been putting in some pretty consistent laps. I downshifted approaching turn one and the rear of my car got loose. When I corrected, the car wobbled so I counter-corrected the steering and lost it. I'm pretty stiff right now, so I'll have to do a lot of icing tonight on my shoulders and the shoulder-blade area of my upper back. The doctors said I have been cleared to drive tomorrow, so I'll do some work tonight with a trainer and then report to CART medical in the morning for some physical therapy. The hit registered 123 G's in just .03 seconds, so I anticipate quite a bit of soreness tonight and tomorrow. Really, I walk away with just a few minor cuts and bruises, so I'm very fortunate to have been wearing the HANS (head and neck support) device and thankful that these cars are so safe today. We will reevaluate things in the morning, but I'll be alright."