Long Beach, California, April 6, 2001 Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier had what he described as "one of my better Friday sessions" as he clocked the fifth fastest time today in afternoon practice on the streets of Long Beach, where the...
Long Beach, California, April 6, 2001 Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier had what he described as "one of my better Friday sessions" as he clocked the fifth fastest time today in afternoon practice on the streets of Long Beach, where the second race of the FedEx CART Championship season will be run on Sunday.
Carpentier's teammate Alex Tagliani also had a satisfying day. He served notice that his Player's car will be competitive by turning in the fastest lap in the morning practice session, powering his way around the street course in 1 minute, 9.147 seconds.
"Overall, I'm happy with how things went," said Carpentier, who was in second place, with a fast lap of 1:08.402 until the last minutes of the session. "Near the end of the session, I came in for some work on the shocks and re-calibrating of the springs. We were looking to improve on our time even more but we didn't have a chance to try out the changes because the oil light started showing the oil pressure was too low, and we experienced some cutting out. We know from today's session that there is room for improvement in the suspension, and I'm confident we can do even better in qualifying."
Tagliani was also upbeat about his chances, particularly since he ran all of his practice laps today on one set of tires. The choice to go with one set of tires was a strategic move by Team Player's technical advisor Tony Cicale.
"Tony wanted to keep six sets of tires for tomorrow's qualifying and the race on Sunday," explained Tagliani, whose fast lap in the afternoon was four one-hundredths of a second slower than his pace-setting morning performance. Tagliani's combined time was 19th fastest overall.
"This is going to work to my advantage in qualifying," predicted Tagliani. "I'll have two new sets of tires while most guys will be running on one partly used set and one new set. Track conditions can change from today to tomorrow, so I'll be in a good position to handle those changes. We had the top time in the morning session. If I had used the new set of tires in the afternoon, I would have been right up with the leaders because the top guy this afternoon was behind me this morning."
Brazil's Tony Kanaan, with a late quick lap, was the fastest in covering the course, doing so in a time of 1:07.759, almost six-tenths of a second faster than Japan's Oriol Servia.
Racing fans can follow Team Player's progress at the Grand Prix of Long Beach throughout the weekend by logging on to the team's website at www.teamplayers.ca. They can also watch the race live on The Sports Network at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.
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