CHAMPCAR/CART: DP01 chassis test notes 2006-09-07

PANOZ DP01 COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL TEST IN SEBRING Sebring, Fla. (September 7, 2006) Roberto Moreno and the 2007 Panoz DP01 completed its second successful test at Sebring International Raceway today as the car ran nearly 250 trouble-free miles in...

PANOZ DP01 COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL TEST IN SEBRING

Sebring, Fla. (September 7, 2006) Roberto Moreno and the 2007 Panoz DP01 completed its second successful test at Sebring International Raceway today as the car ran nearly 250 trouble-free miles in hot and humid conditions.

The test wrapped up in the early afternoon as the car ran a total of 1,400 miles on its Ford-Cosworth powerplant, the amount teams will be able to run before the engine needs to be rebuilt. The Ford-Cosworth engine performed great, running its full distance with no problems joining similar successes from the Hewland Gearbox, Performance Friction Brakes and the Bridgestone Tires. In all the DP01 has run 1,541 trouble-free miles during its tests.

"We are very pleased with the results from this week," said Champ Car Director of Technology Scot Elkins. "The Panoz DP01 has met our expectations easily while running in very adverse conditions. Reliability was our primary goal for this test and I don't think we can overstate how well the car performed. Our suppliers have done a tremendous job in giving us the components we need to build a great car and we are very pleased with the results."

With many new features on the Panoz DP01 a lot of time was spent making sure everything worked properly during the test. The team tested the car's launch control and also made sure that the reverse gear worked. In all, the car performed nearly every task that was asked of it.

"I'm really impressed with this car," said two-time Champ Car racewinner Roberto Moreno. "I can't believe how consistent it stays throughout each long run as well as all day. We were only making minor changes to make the car a little more comfortable and I'm very happy with what we accomplished. I'm looking forward to getting even more seat time next week."

The Panoz DP01 will return to the 1.67-mile Sebring International Raceway on Monday, September 11 for five more days of running. Champ Car teams will be invited out to the test on Wednesday, September 13 to see the car in action for the first time.

-credit: ccws

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