CHAMPCAR/CART: Player's Fontana test notes 2003-03-12

Team Player'S driver Paul Tracy stays sharp with two-day testing session on Fontana road course, Fontana, California, March 12, 2003 In his first return to the track since winning the season-opening Champ Car World Series race last month, Team...

Team Player'S driver Paul Tracy stays sharp with two-day testing session on Fontana road course,

Fontana, California, March 12, 2003 In his first return to the track since winning the season-opening Champ Car World Series race last month, Team Player's driver Paul Tracy completed a productive two-day testing session on the Fontana road course on Wednesday.

"It was a very workmanlike two days," said Tracy, who logged a combined 150 laps during the sessions. "There was only one other driver (Portugal's Tiago Monteiro of Fittipaldi-Dingman Racing) on the track, so these testing sessions were a great opportunity to prepare for the upcoming race in Monterrey, Mexico. Winning the opening race in St. Petersburg was a great way to start the season, but we're certainly not going to let our guard down. Sometimes any little thing that you can discover in testing sessions can be a big help on race weekend."

While the two-day session marked the first time that Team Player's has tested on the Fontana road course, Tracy has run laps there before, and he suggested using the track to simulate the configuration Team Player's will be running on in Monterrey. Fontana, the site of a race in the Champ Car World Series, is best known as a super speedway, but within the facility there is a 1.5-mile road course that is used as a test circuit.

"The track served its purpose for what we were working on over the last two days," commented Tracy. "It's a track that is especially hard on left front tires, and since you're only allotted three sets of tires per day, you have to be careful how you use them, so that you don't wear them out before you've done many laps. We didn't make many runs of great length. We did three or four laps at a time and then headed back to the pits to allow the crew to work on different aspects of the car."

Team Player's manager Phil LePan said the crew worked on various components on the first testing day, including brake calipers, the front suspension, front wing position, steering arms and dampers, before using the second day to try different underwings and make changes to the differential.

"Both days went off very smoothly, with no mechanical problems," said LePan. "We obtained some solid information that should definitely help us as we prepare for the race in Monterrey."

The Grand Prix of Monterrey takes place on March 23.

-player's

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Tiago Monteiro