CHAMPCAR/CART: Neel Jani Sebring test wrap-up

Swiss race driver Neel Jani impresses during Champ Car tests in Sebring Champ Car rookie Neel Jani made convincing debuts during the season's first three day testing in Sebring (Florida). The 23 years old Swiss who will participate to its first...

Swiss race driver Neel Jani impresses during Champ Car tests in Sebring

Champ Car rookie Neel Jani made convincing debuts during the season's first three day testing in Sebring (Florida). The 23 years old Swiss who will participate to its first Champ Car campaign with Indianapolis based Red Bull PKV racing Team, was quickest on last day's rainy morning test session and second in the afternoon on dry track. Already on Tuesday, he was second of the day behind last three year's champion Sebastien Bourdais.

Only during day two, could Jani not fully maintain himself on top of the charts. "We did have problems with the electronics on the car, which affected our day, allowing to completing only few laps." After its best morning time on the wet, Jani was quickest of the last day until few minutes from the last session end of this first official 2007 season's test. He would have kept the lead, should he had not to pull out during his quickest lap due to a problem on the car.

The Swiss Champ Car rookie was over the three days test one of only four drivers who could achieve a less that 51 second lap time on the 1.66 Miles Sebring track. Beside Jani, only Sebastien Bourdais (FR), champion of the last three seasons, Paul Tracy (CDN), who won 30 Champ Car races in his career and Oriol Servia (SP), 2005 Champ Car vice champion, could match this performance. Jani had an impressive start for a newcomer in the series.

"I am happy with these three test days. We could work well and intensively on the new car development. Every time I was chasing lap times, I could keep up with the quickest guys or even set the best time and I know we still have potential for improvements. Unfortunately, I had to interrupt my quickest lap due a problem on the car, otherwise a new progression and position 1 in the afternoon session would have been possible", explains Jani.

Jani only drove for the second time in Champ Car in Sebring. Early December the young Swiss still tested with last year's model. Florida was the fist opportunity to drive the new Panoz made chassis powered by Cosworth engines which will be used for the Champ Car World Series 2007 season.

The Champ Car 2007 schedule will start with a street race in Las Vegas on April 8th. A total of 17 races are planned out which two will take place in Europe. September 2nd will see the Champ Car World Series racing on the Assen track in Holland and a week later in Heusden-Zolder in Belgium.

-credit: fordahl.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Oriol Servia , Sébastien Bourdais , Neel Jani