Paul Tracy Quickest on Day 1 at Spring Training
Monterey, California -- March 9th, 2007 -- Paul Tracy and the Forsythe Team shattered Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca's Champ Car track record of 1m07.772s set by Helio Castroneves in 2000 by over a second today, with a lap of 1m06.707s in their brand new Panoz DP01. After a difficult and disappointing test at the Houston MSR Road Course in February, the Team's hard work and dedication over the last weeks has paid off as the blue and white #3 INDECK Champ Car proved to be quick right out of the box. The Team will be back on track tomorrow for another full day of testing in preparation for the Champ Car World Series Season Opener at Las Vegas on April 8th.
Paul Tracy (#3 INDECK Cosworth/Bridgestone/Panoz)
Fastest on day 1 - 1m06.707s / 120.779mph
"It was great, we have not been to Laguna in years and they have done some repaving, so it is a little bit smoother on the tires and a little more consistent. Over all I am very happy on how the day went. We had such a bad test in Houston, but we came out here and were flawless today, no mechanical problems and the car ran perfectly, so I am happy for Forsythe Championship Racing. The whole Team has been working really hard since the last test and it is definitely showing. The car was very quick all day, the more we adjustments we made the better it got. This new Panoz is a lot faster than the old car, especially when you are going through the fast corners, the downforce lets you carry a lot more speed. I made a small mistake on my fast lap while going through the corkscrew and left some time on the table, we could've been probably two or three tenths quicker, but tomorrow we'll keep working at it and I'm pretty sure that we'll be able to break the Formula 1 track record set here last year (1m06.309s)."
Phil LePan, Team Manager
"The Team and Paul did a great job today. It was a very productive day, we did a lot of laps without any problems and not only was our new Panoz reliable, it was also very quick. We also had a lengthy standing start and pit stop practice session in which we managed to gather more data. There still a lot of work to be done with the launch control system but we are learning more and more every time and I'm sure that we'll be able to keep adjusting it until it is just right."