Corby, England, September 21, 2001 Team Player^Ã’s drivers Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani will have to wait another day to run laps on the 1.5-mile Rockingham Speedway oval after efforts to dry out the track were unsuccessful on Friday. The...
Corby, England, September 21, 2001 Team Player^Òs drivers Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani will have to wait another day to run laps on the 1.5-mile Rockingham Speedway oval after efforts to dry out the track were unsuccessful on Friday. The wet conditions forced the cancellation of two scheduled practice sessions that were to be used to enable the drivers to get familiar with the Rockingham layout, as well as to set the starting grid for the CART series race on Saturday.
The cancellation of Friday^Òs activities prompted CART Competition officials to revise the racing schedule, a restructuring that will see the drivers have a two-hour practice session from 10 a.m. to noon (5:00 a.m. to 7 a.m. ET) on Saturday before a 3:15 p.m. (10:15 a.m. ET) race start.
The starting grid will be set based on the drivers^Ò order of position in the overall standings. Carpentier will thus start from Row 4 on the grid and Tagliani from Row 7 for the scheduled 210-lap race.
^ÓI^Òm disappointed that we weren^Òt able to take to the track today,^Ô said Carpentier. ^ÓIt^Òs a downer for the drivers, but especially for the fans who came out to see us. This is our first time in England and we wanted to be able to perform for them. Hopefully, the situation with the track will be rectified by tomorrow so we can go out there and race.^Ô
Tagliani, who reported no discomfort in his back, which had muscle spasms earlier in the week, is equally eager to put in laps on the Rockingham oval. ^ÓI^Òm looking forward to the two-hour practice session so that we can finally clock some fast laps and get accustomed to the track,^Ô he remarked. ^ÓIt won^Òt take us long to get used to it, but up to now all we^Òve basically been able to do is look at it.^Ô
Racing fans can follow the progress of Team Player^Òs on race day by logging on to the team^Òs web site at www.teamplayers.ca.
<pre> ****REVISED SCHEDULE****
Local time Eastern time (- 5)
Saturday, Sept. 22 CART practice 10:00 a.m. noon 5:00 a.m. 7:00 a.m. CART race 3:15 p.m. 10:15 a.m.