CHAMPCAR/CART: Gold Coast Player's Friday morning test notes

Surfers Paradise, Australia, October 25, 2001 - Team Player's drivers Alex Tagliani and Patrick Carpentier completed their first test session this morning in Australia in preparation for Sunday's Honda Indy 300. Rain started to come down after 43...

Surfers Paradise, Australia, October 25, 2001 - Team Player's drivers Alex Tagliani and Patrick Carpentier completed their first test session this morning in Australia in preparation for Sunday's Honda Indy 300. Rain started to come down after 43 of the 90-minute session and only a couple of drivers went out again as it increased until the end of the session.

Carpentier completed only 10 laps, to finish seventh overall with a best lap time of 1 minute 39.143 seconds around the 4.998-kilometre (2.795-mile) Surfers Paradise street course. He averaged 163.327 km/h. His teammate Tagliani ran only four laps and finished 15th with a best lap time of 1 minute 44.725 seconds (154.622 km/h).

Fastest of the 26 drivers entered for Round 20 of the CART FedEx Series was Jimmy Vasser who posted a lap time of 1 minute 36.911 seconds (167.089 km/h). The American driver was followed by Brazilian Helio Castroneves (1:36.997) and Mexican Adrian Fernandez (1:37.442).

Sunshine is forecast for the rest of the weekend as drivers will return on track this afternoon for a second test session beginning at 1:45 p.m. Australia Time (11:45 p.m. Eastern Time). Another report on today's activities will follow.

-Player's-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani