CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Player's Homestead road course testing report

Carpentier In The Groove As Team Player's Has Productive Two-Day Testing Session On Homestead Road Course Homestead, Florida, January 31, 2002 Despite a gap of more than a month between testing sessions, Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier...

Carpentier In The Groove As Team Player's Has Productive Two-Day Testing Session On Homestead Road Course

Homestead, Florida, January 31, 2002 Despite a gap of more than a month between testing sessions, Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier was at the top of his game in the two-day testing program that concluded on Thursday, as he turned in one the fastest laps on the 2.18-mile Homestead road course.

"Patrick looked like he had tested just last week," said Team Player's Technical Director Bruce Ashmore. "He jumped in the car and did a great job putting the 2002 Reynard through its paces over the last two days. We were able to get a lot of work done and derive a good deal of useful information that will help us as we continue our preparations for the start of the new season."

Carpentier, who clocked a fast lap of 1 minute, 8.6 seconds on Thursday, ran 160 laps during the two days on the Homestead course that he shared with several other CART drivers, including Paul Tracy, Scott Dixon, Oriol Servia, Townsend Bell and Tony Kanaan. It was Carpentier's first time on the track since the Christmas break.

"Even though lap times can be deceiving during these testing sessions because teams are working on different things, it's very apparent that after only a few weeks of development, the car is performing exceptionally well," remarked Carpentier. "Each time out, the engineering crew is able to improve on the base set-ups and we're really on a good pace in our off-season testing program."

Team Player's used the two-day Homestead session to do some extensive testing of the suspension, dampers and engine mapping. Carpentier ran both days on Bridgestone Potenza tires, which will be used by every CART team in the 2002 season. Team Player's used four sets of tires out of the six sets it was allotted for the two days. Ashmore described the tires as being "very good, stable and problem-free."

Ashmore said that because fewer teams were testing at Homestead, it made the track conditions more comparable to those that teams would find on a race weekend.

"When we were testing at Sebring last week, there had been so many teams using the track that it had too much grip to really resemble track conditions on a race weekend," explained Ashmore. "The Homestead road course was quite green, however. It was more like you would find when you're out there for the Friday testing session on race weekend."

Team Player's will have both of its drivers Carpentier and Alex Tagliani on the track for its next off-season testing session, which occurs at Laguna Seca as part of CART's Sneak Preview event, from February 7-10.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Townsend Bell , Bruce Ashmore