CHAMPCAR/CART: Max Papis wraps up pre-season testing

Papis Completes Final Pre-Season Test With Four-Day Run in Florida HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Max Papis and the Sigma Autosport team concluded a four-day test at Florida Saturday in the ...

Papis Completes Final Pre-Season Test With Four-Day Run in Florida

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Max Papis and the Sigma Autosport team concluded a four-day test at Florida Saturday in the #22 Sigma Autosport Lola-Ford/Cosworth. This test was the team's final pre-season test for the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series season.

Papis tested for four straight days, the first two days at Sebring International Raceway, and two more on the 2.1-mile road course at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Rain presented a problem during the final day of the test on Saturday, but Papis, who will begin his seventh season in the CART series, completed more than 260 miles at Homestead, and 460 total during the nearly week-long test. Papis said that he was content with how the test session went.

"We did our best with the limited time we had today (Saturday)," said Papis. "If not for the rain we would have had a lot more time in the car, but we did learn some things that we will utilize at Monterrey. We really had to dig deep during this test, but that's what you have to do be successful. I can't wait to run at Monterrey and get the season started."

The team tried several different setups and variations on the Lola's springs and shocks. Also tested were new parts for the Lola and the new aerodynamic configurations, however the main focus was preparing for Monterrey.

"Overall, everything went reasonably well," said Phil Howard, Sigma's team manager. "We learned quite a bit over these days despite the rain and Max put in several hundred laps in the car. We're going to be ready for the season opener in Mexico."

Sigma Autosport will begin its second season in the CART FedEx Championship Series at the Telmex/Tecate Grand Prix of Monterrey is set for Sunday, March 10. Sigma has been one of the top new teams to enter the CART series during the past few years.

-www.sigmaautosport.com-

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Series IndyCar
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