CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterrey Coyne Racing-Team P.R.G. Saturday notes

MONTERREY, Mexico - Both Coyne Racing-Team P.R.G. drivers Michael Krumm and Luiz Garcia Jr. improved on their lap times in qualifying to comfortably take part in Sunday's Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey. Krumm, driving the No. 19 ...

MONTERREY, Mexico - Both Coyne Racing-Team P.R.G. drivers Michael Krumm and Luiz Garcia Jr. improved on their lap times in qualifying to comfortably take part in Sunday's Tecate/Telmex Grand Prix of Monterrey.

Krumm, driving the No. 19 Infineon-Dark Dog-Glashutte Lola-Ford/Cosworth, dropped nearly two seconds off his morning practice time during qualifying to reach a lap time of 77.914 seconds, an average speed of 97.215 m.p.h. Krumm a veteran of sports car and Formula racing in Europe and Asia, will make his first start in the FedEx Champ Car series.

Garcia, who drives the No. 21 Embratel-Chapeco-Dark Dog-Infineon Lola-Ford/Cosworth, also improved on his practice times and qualified with a time of 80.931 (93.591 m.p.h.).

Tomorrow's race begins at 3 p.m. Central Time.

"I improved my times, however I was still having some handling difficulties as the car had oversteer. The track was clean, but for some reason it's not picking up a lot of rubber, and it's dirty off of the racing line. I'll be checking out my data this afternoon and tonight, I'll get some rest and get ready for tomorrow." - Luiz Garcia Jr., Driver #21 Embratel-Chapeco-Dark Dog-Infineon Lola-Ford/Cosworth

"Today was the first time the car was working properly, handling, tire temperatures, everything. We improved on the set up from this morning, we've closed the gap to the leaders, and we're now heading in the right direction. I hope to move up another step tomorrow." - Michael Krumm, Driver #19 Infineon-Dark Dog-Glashutte Lola-Ford/Cosworth

On taking part in his first Champ Car race

"I have done rolling starts before, but this will be my first time in an open-wheeled race car. I will have to be alert, not let the pack get away and watch ahead to the first corner."

MONTERREY, Mexico - The pairing of Coyne Racing and Team P.R.G. paid dividends as drivers Luiz Garcia Jr. and rookie Michael Krumm put in consistent laps and improved their times during the first day of practice for the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey of Grand Prix.

Krumm, 30, drove the No. 19 Infineon-Dark Dog-Glashutte Lola-Ford/Cosworth to a fast time of 81.759, for an average speed of 92.643 m.p.h. Garcia, 29, took the No. 21 Infineon-Dark Dog-Glashutte Lola-Ford/Cosworth

It was the first time that Krumm has driven the Lola, having tested in a Reynard in February, and the first time in a Lola for Garcia since he raced in it for a handful of events in 1999.

Both will attempt to improve their times tomorrow during qualifying, which begins at 1:45 p.m.

Quotes

"Going out there was like shaking the rust off of me as I haven't been in a race car much since Fontana. I took it easy at first and then pushed hard towards the end of the session forI don't have a back up car this weekend. We still have to work on the car and get it more comfortable, but the lap times were coming down. It's a fun track and quite technical, but we do need more safety tires in certain places and I wish the straights were longer." - Luiz Garcia Jr., Driver #21 Embratel-Chapeco-Dark Dog-Infineon Lola-Ford/Cosworth

"We did suffer a bit as I had a problem with the clutch and I couldn't go out on new tires, but it was pretty good. The car kept improving and I did the same, but we have a lot of work to do for tomorrow. I think we can continue to improve. I've never experienced quite anything like it, but it's enjoyable." - Michael Krumm, Driver #19 Infineon-Dark Dog-Glashutte Lola-Ford/Cosworth

- Ken Severson

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Krumm , Luiz Garcia