CHAMPCAR/CART: Vasser. Zanardi Mid-Ohio Test

Vasser, Zanardi Conclude Successful Test At Mid-Ohio Columbus, OH -- Target/Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Jimmy Vasser and Alex Zanardi, who have won the last four FedEx Championship Series events, concluded a successful ...

Vasser, Zanardi Conclude Successful Test At Mid-Ohio

Columbus, OH -- Target/Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Jimmy Vasser and Alex Zanardi, who have won the last four FedEx Championship Series events, concluded a successful two-day testing session at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Wednesday.

Zanardi, who has taken the checkered flag at the Mid-Ohio race the last two seasons, logged a total of 253 laps (571 miles) during his two-day Firestone tire test. He ran 114 laps on Tuesday and boasted the fastest lap among the 16 drivers who were testing, clocking a time of 65.5 seconds on the 2.258-mile road course. On Wednesday, Zanardi registered 139 laps and was again quickest on the day, clocking a lap in 65.0 seconds.

Vasser, who finished second at Mid-Ohio in 1996 and fifth last year, used Tuesday's test to work on mechanical grip and balance characteristics. He ran 77 laps and registered the third-fastest lap of the day (65.9). In Wednesday's session, Vasser ran several different suspension and aero packages in preparation for not only the Mid-Ohio race, but for the upcoming Cleveland and Toronto races. He completed 78 laps and was again third-quickest on the afternoon, clocking a lap in 65.3 seconds.

"All in all it was a very good testing session," said Tom Anderson, managing director of Target/Chip Ganassi Racing. "Neither driver had any mechanical problems, and we were able to try out a lot of new ideas. The engineering staff will spend the next few days analyzing the data and making calculated changes going into the Cleveland race."

The 16-driver field at Mid-Ohio is thought to be the largest ever for a private test. The other drivers were Patrick Carpentier, Adrian Fernandez, Dario Franchitti, Robby Gordon, Richie Hearn, Bryan Herta, Tony Kanaan, JJ Lehto, Greg Moore, Max Papis, Scott Pruett, Bobby Rahal, Andre Ribeiro and Paul Tracy.

The drivers will return to Mid-Ohio for the Miller Lite 200 on August 9. Next up on the FedEx Championship Series is the Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland on July 12.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Jimmy Vasser , Max Papis , Adrian Fernandez , Bobby Rahal , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Scott Pruett , Richie Hearn , Tom Anderson , Chip Ganassi , Andre Ribeiro , Greg Moore
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing