CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: HVM Friday report

HVM ROOKIES QUALIFY IN THE TOP-TEN IN CHAMP CAR ROOKIE DEBUT BJORN WIRDHEIM - ...

HVM ROOKIES QUALIFY IN THE TOP-TEN IN CHAMP CAR ROOKIE DEBUT

BJORN WIRDHEIM - #4 HVM/Ford-Cosworth/Lola

Bjorn on his Champ Car debut: "For my first day in Champ Car, it was good. I've been a little careful in the first two sessions because the most important thing for me was to get the most laps possible, to learn the circuit and to keep my car in tact. I am pleased we are in the top-ten immediately, especially because I know there is quite a lot more left in my car. The red flag hurt us of course but I feel good because my engineer (Will Phillips) and I set-up a very good baseline. I was looking forward to using the Bridgestone Alternate tires with the softer compound but unfortunately because of the red I was not able to take advantage of them. The Champ Car is a lot of fun to drive, I am quite impressed with it."

RONNIE BREMER - #55 HVM/Ford-Cosworth/Lola

Ronnie on his Champ Car debut: "It feels good to have my first day in Champ Car completed, now I can't wait for tomorrow. We made progress with the car today and I am quite disappointed with qualifying actually because just as we put the Bridgestone Alternate Tire on for the final stint, the track went red so we didn't get to use them. It will be quite interesting for tomorrow because I am sure we are not the only team in that position, but I do know we have much more left in the car."

Keith Wiggins, Co-Owner/Managing Director "It's pretty tough for both driers, one having never sat in the car before today and having only had one day of running. All things considered it was a respectable job. However its still a little frustrating because they both clearly showed they have great potential and I am expecting good things tomorrow."

-hvm-

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