CHAMPCAR/CART: DP01 chassis Sebring test 2006-09-13

NEW DP01 CHAMP CAR GETTING PUSHED TO THE LIMIT IN SEBRING TESTING SEBRING, Fla. (September 13, 2006) -- As any race car driver worth their Nomex will tell you, the only sure way to find one's limits, is to occasionally overstep them. As the ...

NEW DP01 CHAMP CAR GETTING PUSHED TO THE LIMIT IN SEBRING TESTING

SEBRING, Fla. (September 13, 2006) -- As any race car driver worth their Nomex will tell you, the only sure way to find one's limits, is to occasionally overstep them.

As the final phase of on-track testing nears completion for the 2007 DP01 Champ Car, the testing crew spent the day doing just that, pushing the limits of the Panoz Motorsports-built machine on another warm Wednesday at Sebring International Raceway.

The car surpassed the 2,000 mile mark of testing after logging 327 miles today, rebounding after a slow Tuesday that was spent replacing a component that finally relented under the pressure of the test team's interminable schedule.

"We had a problem with a component in the gearbox yesterday but it was a part that we pushed to four times its normal useful life," said Champ Car Technical Director Scot Elkins. "That's the whole idea of these tests. We want to guarantee a reliable product for our teams. In essence, we're breaking the car so that they don't have to."

Today was also the first time that Champ Car teams were allowed to visit a DP01 test and representatives from CTE Racing -- HVM, Forsythe, Newman/Haas, Dale Coyne and new entrant Pacific Coast Motorsports were on hand to see first-hand what the new car could do.

What they saw was two-time Champ Car racewinner Roberto Moreno putting the car through its paces again, 35 miles per stint, as he has done for each and every one of the 2,023 Sebring miles.

"The car feels very similar to when I started," Moreno said. "But we have been concentrating more on logging miles than we have with making changes. But we have gotten great mileage from our brakes and all the systems are operating wonderfully. I really think the drivers are going to enjoy this car when they get it."

The DP01 will be on track again tomorrow, with the final phase of the testing set to end on Friday. The test team will then pack up and head North as the DP01 prepares to make its public on-track debut with some demonstration laps, Friday September 22 at Road America.

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Dale Coyne