CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Australia Sebring test 2007-01-24

WILL POWER COMPLETES FIRST LAPS IN NEW CHAMP CAR AT SEBRING Team Australia star Will Power has turned his first laps in Team Australia's new Panoz DP01 Champ Car at Sebring International Raceway on the second day of open Champ Car testing at the...

WILL POWER COMPLETES FIRST LAPS IN NEW CHAMP CAR AT SEBRING

Team Australia star Will Power has turned his first laps in Team Australia's new Panoz DP01 Champ Car at Sebring International Raceway on the second day of open Champ Car testing at the Florida circuit today.

The Queenslander completed 77 laps for a total of 127 miles (204.39 km) around the 1.65-mile (2.66 km) road course as the 2006 Roshfrans Rookie of the Year familiarised himself with the new car.

The weather held out for the team as they continued to fine-tune the car. Team Australia continued to make a number of improvements and set-up changes and picked up speed throughout the day.

Power clocked the ninth fastest lap with a time of 52.38 seconds in the first session and the eighth fastest lap time with 51.839 seconds in the second session with a combined 10th quickest time.

Power will test in the #5 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia Panoz DP01 again tomorrow for the final round of Champ Car pre-season testing at Sebring this week.

WHAT THEY HAD TO SAY --

Will Power -- #5 Aussie Vineyards Team Australia Panoz DP01

"We learned a lot more with the car today, but unfortunately we weren't as quick as we wanted to be," said Power.

"I think it's a matter of getting used to the new car. It feels a lot different than the Lola. The steering is lighter and the brake pedals are softer, the whole car is different.

"Once I got over that in the morning session and got used to all of the new bits on the car like the paddle shifting we started making changes and working towards getting the car a bit quicker.

"I think that we need to make more drastic changes to understand exactly what the car reacts to because we are not getting enough out of the new tyres at the moment.

"I'm hoping for a dry day tomorrow so that we can get this car where we want it."

Derrick Walker -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"We had a slow day today in more than one way," said Walker.

"We didn't get the speed out of the car that what we had hoped and the car required more of the same changes that we did yesterday to get it right.

"I think we are over with the fine tuning of the car and we are getting closer to understanding what it is.

"Providing that it stays dry tomorrow I'm sure we will start getting a better handle on the car, but right now speed-wise it's a ways up."

Craig Gore -- Team Australia Co-Owner

"Will was very keen to get back in the car, largely because he had such a good end to last season," said Gore.

"It's all about getting miles in the new car and getting to know what it likes and what it doesn't, so Will should not be so concerned with the timesheets at this early stage.

"I'm certain that there is plenty to come from Will and the team. Will is very motivated this year and for him this is the first day of what should be a very good season."

-credit: team australia

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