CHAMPCAR/CART: Ford Racing CART Notes - Night Practice - Gateway

Bryan Herta -8- Shell Ford-Cosworth - WHAT WERE YOUR IMPRESSIONS OF RUNNING UNDER THE LIGHTS AT GATEWAY? "It was pretty fun. I didn't notice too many problems with the shadows and so forth. It is not quite as dark as it would be right now if...

Bryan Herta -8- Shell Ford-Cosworth - WHAT WERE YOUR IMPRESSIONS OF RUNNING UNDER THE LIGHTS AT GATEWAY? "It was pretty fun. I didn't notice too many problems with the shadows and so forth. It is not quite as dark as it would be right now if we were actually going to run the race. It was interesting. For us though it was a chance for us to get some more track time because we were struggling with the setup today." IS NIGHT RACING SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE OF IN THE FUTURE? "I think it would be neat. I think our cars look good at night and I think it would be really fun to race at night." IS THIS THE FIRST EXPERIENCE YOU HAVE HAD RUNNING AT NIGHT? "In a car yes but I have raced go-karts at night before. It's a little different but you adapt to it. The biggest challenge is that the track is different. It has a lot more grip because it's not as hot."

MAX PAPIS -8- Miler Lite Ford-Cosworth - WHAT WERE YOUR IMPRESSIONS OF THIS NIGHT EXHIBITION SESSION IN THE CHAMP CARS? "Well this is not my first time running under the lights. When I was with Ferrari we ran under the lights in Daytona but I think the Champ Cars put on a good show especially for the people who can come over and watch us after dinner. For me it makes no difference. The car feels about the same. It may be a little better for the engine because of the cooler temperatures." IS THIS SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE OF IN THE FUTURE FROM CART? "It is not my decision but if it was up to me it would be more than fine. You are going to see a lot more sparkle and a lot more flames during the night time." DID YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH SHADOWS DURING YOUR RUN? "The shadows were not a problem. It was not really dark out there now. As the sun went down more you may have had more of a problem with them but we didn't when we were running. All in all it was a cool idea and I hope one day that we will have a night race."

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