CHAMPCAR/CART: Rahal tests NHR, day two notes

GRAHAM RAHAL COMPLETED TWO DAY CHAMP CAR TEST FOR NEWMAN/HAAS RACING AT SEBRING INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY TODAY SEBRING, Fla. (September 14, 2006) -- Champ Car Atlantic driver Graham Rahal, 17, completed his second day of testing a Newman/Haas ...

GRAHAM RAHAL COMPLETED TWO DAY CHAMP CAR TEST FOR NEWMAN/HAAS RACING AT SEBRING INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY TODAY

SEBRING, Fla. (September 14, 2006) -- Champ Car Atlantic driver Graham Rahal, 17, completed his second day of testing a Newman/Haas Racing (NHR)-prepared Champ Car at Sebring International Raceway today. He ran approx. 160 miles today in Bruno Junqueira's No. 2 Hole in the Wall Camps Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone race car before rain curtailed the test midday to bring his two-day total to 355 trouble-free miles with a best lap time of 51.5 around the 1.65-mile course, bettering his time of 52.4 seconds from Wednesday.

"Everything went really well," said Rahal. "I was able to go 9/10ths (of a second) faster than yesterday. It was nice to improve. Everything from the data from Sebastien and Bruno's test there told us the areas we could improve and we were able to so I am happy with the progress. Unfortunately the rain ended the test early but we were able to practice some pit stops. To improve made me happy and ended the test on a positive note. I think I like the car a little different than they are used to; I was fairly easy on the rear tires so they could tune the car more. I wasn't going to push it too much and force an error but certainly it (reduced rear tire wear) worked to my advantage. The team was great to work with and I hope I can work with them again in the future."

Rahal and NHR again shared track time with the new Panoz DP01 Champ Car driven by Roberto Moreno and were able to steadily lower their lap times.

"Today was another good test day with Graham," said Brian Lisles, general manager of Newman/Haas Racing. "He learns fast and gives good feedback which is the mark of a good race driver. He was able to run a competitive lap times and worked well with the team. We believe he has a bright future."

The Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season resumes on September 24 with the Grand Prix of Road America which will be televised live on SPEED TV at 2:00 p.m. ET. With three races to go in the season, Newman/Haas Racing will continue their quest for their third straight title with McDonald's driver Sebastien Bourdais as well as attempt to claim a fourth place finish for Hole in the Wall Camps driver Bruno Junqueira. Rahal has locked in at least asecond-place finish in the Atlantic season standings after having won a series-highfive of 11 races and will attempt to close the 12 points deficit to series leader Simon Pagenaud (253-241) and earn the title in their season finale at Road America.

Newman/Haas Racing LLC, owned by actor/race car driver Paul Newman and racing entrepreneur Carl A. Haas, is the most successful team competing in the Champ Car World Series. The team is in the midst of their 24th season in Champ Car competition in 2006 and is attempting to score their seventh overall title after winning 96 races and 100 pole positions. Current drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Bruno Junqueira were preceded at the team by Mario and Michael Andretti, Nigel Mansell, Paul Tracy, Christian Fittipaldi and Cristiano da Matta as well as 2005 driver Oriol Servia. For more information log on to www.newman-haas.com, www.sebastien-bourdais.com, www.brunojunqueira.com or www.champcarworldseries.com.

-credit: nhr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Bruno Junqueira , Roberto Moreno , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Nigel Mansell , Paul Newman , Sébastien Bourdais , Simon Pagenaud , Cristiano da Matta