CHAMPCAR/CART: San Jose: Comments about new DP01 chassis

WHAT CHAMP CAR TEAM OWNERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW DP01 CHAMP CAR: Eric Bachelart (Mi-Jack Conquest Racing) "The introduction of this new car is something great for the Champ Car World Series because the new Panoz chassis will play a very ...

WHAT CHAMP CAR TEAM OWNERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW DP01 CHAMP CAR:

Eric Bachelart (Mi-Jack Conquest Racing) "The introduction of this new car is something great for the Champ Car World Series because the new Panoz chassis will play a very important role in the 'new' Champ Car. Not only will it help teams in terms of cost control but it also has a more advanced technology and an improved design that maintains the traditional Champ Car look. I don't think you can ask for much more. The arrival of this new car, as well as new venues on the schedule such as Las Vegas can only bring Champ Car to the next level."

Jerry Forsythe (Forsythe Championship Racing) "The development and launch of the DP01 is one of the fundamental building points in Champ Car's business plan. I am very happy that we've partnered with Panoz, a professional and experienced group led by engineers and designers who know and understand Champ Car and its history, and most importantly share our same goals for the future of open wheel racing in America. The modern era Champ Car chassis has been designed following specific requirements that will make it higher-tech, lighter, faster, more competitive, and more cost effective for our current and future teams. It will allow all of us in Champ Car to continue delivering North America's most exciting and high-tech racing and festivals of speed in the most vibrant and strongest markets possible."

Carl Haas (Newman/Haas Racing) "Paul Newman and myself are looking forward to a new Champ Car chassis. This will provide a new challenge for our mechanics and engineers."

Kevin Kalkhoven (PKV Racing) "The 2007 Champ Car was designed with three objectives in mind. First, to increase the excitement for the fans by allowing closer racing and more overtaking. Second, to level the playing field for all teams, which will also increase fan excitement. Third, to make a dramatic decrease in the costs for the teams thereby allowing new teams to join the series. This car achieves all three objectives."

Dan Pettit (PKV Racing) "A lot of work has gone into making this a car we can all be proud of and we feel that has been achieved. The car was designed to provide closer racing and allow for more passing opportunities, allowing us to provide better racing for our fans. The improvements were also designed with the look of a Champ Car and we think our fans will recognize the car as a Champ Car."

Carl Russo (RuSPORT) "A tremendous amount of thought, consultation and work has gone into the concept and design of the new Panoz Champ Car. We believe it represents the future of open-wheel racing in North America and will give the world's most versatile drivers the ability to provide for exciting wheel-to-wheel racing for years to come."

Derrick Walker (Team Australia) "The launch of the new car is the first completely new designed Champ Car in its history. The previous cars have been similar versions of the last and the Panoz DP01 is the first unique kind. It's fantastic because this car compliments the teams' budgets, and styles and needs to suit a modern day race shop. The new car is further evidence that Champ Car is making a healthy return to American racing."

Keith Wiggins (CTE Racing-HVM) "It will be exciting to have a new car to play with for the upcoming season. Not only is it good to have a change over recent years, but it will also give all the teams equal opportunity to develop the cars and to give the teams and drivers together the ability to be competitive with the same opportunities."

WHAT CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES DRIVERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE NEW DPO1 CHAMP CAR:

A.J. Allmendinger (#7 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I can't wait! I've seen a lot of sketches and pictures of the wind-tunnel model of the new car but there's nothing like the real thing. I guess the problem now is that they are going to get us all excited with the new chassis and then we won't be able to actually drive it until the end of the year. It's definitely going to make the 2007 and season very interesting. The design of this car will allow for more passing, specially on the street courses, so I think the biggest winners will be the fans because we'll be putting even better shows for them next year."

Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "Having a new chassis will be a new challenge for all of the teams. It will be great to develop and compete with a new car."

Dan Clarke (#14 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) -- "I can't wait to be climbing into the Panoz DP01 champ car. All the drivers will be in the same position, starting from scratch with a new car, and I reckon that'll take away a bit of the advantage that some teams and drivers have had this year. I'm pleased that it won't have electronic aids, as I enjoy having the handling control and the challenge of developing my driving style to suit this type of car. We haven't seen the DP01 yet but I'm sure that Elan Technologies will have built a cool machine, which will produce close racing, continue to entertain the champ car fans, and keep the championship as one of the best in the world."

Cristiano da Matta (#10 RuSPORT Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I haven't seen the new Panoz car, but I've heard a lot about it, and I'm looking forward to it. The reduction in cost will be beneficial for the whole Champ Car World Series. In terms of performance and safety, I'm hopeful that it will be as good as the Lola has been. The introduction of the new Panoz is very important for the series, because if it's as good as or better than the current car, it will be better for the series."

Bruno Junqueira (#2 Hole in the Wall Camps Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "It will be fun to develop a new race car for the first time for many years. The chassis we have used for the past few years has been reliable and fun to drive and I know the series has worked hard to make the new chassis as good."

Tonis Kasemets (#18 Flex-O-vit Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I hope that it will do the same for the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series as a new car has done for the Atlantic Series this year. I think it will greatly help increase the competition in this series for both the drivers and the teams, as it will even out the field because it is something new to everyone. No one has an advantage; it will be shown through the teams and drivers who have the leading edge in terms of having knowledge to work with new equipment. It is going to bring the Champ Car field closer together as everyone will have the same car specs. I am so excited to see the new car and one day get behind it and take it for a test drive!"

Katherine Legge (#20 Bell Micro Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "It looks like the new 2007 Champ Car is going to be a great car. It is going to be smaller, lighter and more nimble which should translate into more overtaking. That will be a big positive for the drivers and the fans. All of the drivers in the Champ Car World Series are very excited about the new car.

Nelson Philippe (#4 CTE Racing-HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I think the new car is going to be amazing! I can't wait to see it! Champ Car is headed the right direction with this new car and we, drivers and team personnel, are really looking forward to some new racecars. It will be great for the competition also as everybody will be on the same level in terms of knowledge about the car."

Will Power (#5 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I can't wait to get to San Jose and see the new car. I think it will be much better because it's lighter and has more down force, which will make it faster. It's also nice since they have bumped up the engine by increasing the horsepower. Everyone is starting on even ground and it will even everything out on the teams. I'm excited for the unveiling to see what the car looks like."

Nicky Pastorelli (#8 Bavaria City Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "I have only seen one picture of the new Champ Car, so I am very excited to see it for real. Having a new car will be good for the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series because it is time to update the current car package that the series has. It will be something new, something to add to the competition, and something exciting for everyone as this series continues to grow. They say it is suppose to be 30% cheaper than the cost of the cars we are currently running, so that is going to help in so many different ways for drivers, teams, and the series as a whole. I think it is going to be even better, built to suit the circuits that we are running on with the hopes of increases on-track passing and overall speed. I can't wait to get behind the wheel of it in 2007."

Andrew Ranger (#27 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) - "From what I have seen so far on pictures it seems like a nice car. I expect it to be faster than what we have now which in turn will be better for the fans. I think this car is good for Champ Car because it will help the teams and the show, at the beginning of the season everybody will be more or less on the same level. I look forward to driving it!"

Alex Tagliani (#15 Aussie Vineyards Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) "Everyone, to include myself, is so anxious to have the new car. It's great to see change and to have something like this that will represent Champ Car for many years. So many teams have been with Lolas for such a long time, it's definitely time for a change. The car is a good looking car and a lot of effort has been made in areas such as down force and passing. Champ Car is moving in the right direction and I'm looking forward to San Jose and seeing the car."

Paul Tracy (#3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) - "It's a really exciting time for Champ Car, the momentum just keeps building race after race and I think that the new car will be a huge factor in ensuring the long-term success of the series. The new Panoz will definitely shake things up, not only will it be faster, but it will also make for much better racing. It is also going to level the playing field since everybody will be starting from zero, if you are going to win you are going to have to bring your A-game and stay ahead of the curve with the development of the car."

Justin Wilson (#9 CDW Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) - "We're all very excited to see the new Panoz DP01 and to get an idea of what to expect in 2007. I think it's great for Champ Car. It should bring a lot of fresh interest in the Championship, whether it's from drivers, teams, sponsors or fans. From the images I've seen, the way that Panoz have packaged the aerodynamics should also make for great racing. I'm looking forward to the first opportunity to drive it once the teams receive them at the end of the year."

Charles Zwolsman (#34 Mi-Jack/Conquest Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone) - "I heard that the car would be cheaper and this might attract some more teams and hopefully there will be more cars on the track next year. I have seen the latest render of the car and it is getting along nicely, it seems to be a nice car. It should also be quicker which will definitely be better for the spectacle and for the sport in general. I think it will also equal up the playing field with the car being new to everybody there is no advantage in the beginning. It will be interesting to see how everything plays out."

-ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Bruno Junqueira , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Paul Newman , Sébastien Bourdais , A.J. Allmendinger , Katherine Legge , Carl Russo , Carl Haas , Nelson Philippe , Andrew Ranger , Charles Zwolsman , Will Power , Tonis Kasemets , Nicky Pastorelli , Kevin Kalkhoven , Cristiano da Matta , Dan Clarke
Teams Conquest Racing