CHAMPCAR/CART: Rocketsports Florida tests preview

Rocketsports drivers, Tagliani and Philippe to Florida Champ Car Tests SEBRING, Fla. (March 23, 2004) -- Rocketsports Champ Car World Series drivers Alex Tagliani and Nelson Philippe will head to Florida to test both the No. 8 Johnson Controls...

Rocketsports drivers, Tagliani and Philippe to Florida Champ Car Tests

SEBRING, Fla. (March 23, 2004) -- Rocketsports Champ Car World Series drivers Alex Tagliani and Nelson Philippe will head to Florida to test both the No. 8 Johnson Controls Lola and the No. 17 LeasePlan Lola. The Rocketsports duo will spend three days testing in Sebring, followed by two days in Homestead.

"I know the Sebring track well and look forward to getting a better feel for the Lola on a longer track," said Philippe, who recently tested the Lola on the shorter Firebird track in Phoenix with Rocketsports. "This will also be my first opportunity to work with the entire team and have both Rocketsports cars as well as other Champ Car drivers on the track.

"I began working with my engineer, Alain Clarinval at the Phoenix test and feel very confident of his guidance," added Philippe. "We'll have the advantage of working together for five solid days on two different circuits before the season starts, so we'll be well prepared."

Philippe's senior teammate, Alex Tagliani in the No. 8 Johnson Controls Lola, anticipates good results at the Florida tests, and a successful season for Rocketsports. "This season promises to be a great one for Rocketsports. As a team, we have more experience together, we know what we want and how to get it. Rocketsports has grown and changed as well. We have the benefit of two cars to develop and the input of different engineers," explained Tagliani.

"I met with my new engineer, Brian Ma, several times between the seasons. I'm eager to get into the car and put all of the concepts we discussed into practice," said a very confident and sure Tagliani.

-rsr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Nelson Philippe