CHAMPCAR/CART: Zhuhai DP01 debut notes

Moreno Makes Champ Car History in 2007 Panoz DP01 Zhuhai, China (November 30, 2006) -- Roberto Moreno made history today in China as he took the 2007 Panoz DP01 on track at Zhuhai International Circuit, marking the first time a Champ Car has run...

Moreno Makes Champ Car History in 2007 Panoz DP01

Zhuhai, China (November 30, 2006) -- Roberto Moreno made history today in China as he took the 2007 Panoz DP01 on track at Zhuhai International Circuit, marking the first time a Champ Car has run in China.

Moreno was in Zhuhai with an envoy of Champ Car representatives as officials from the City of Zhuhai, Zhuhai International Circuit and Champ Car announced the 2007 Champ Car China Grand Prix to a collection of local and national Chinese media.

"It was very important to everyone in China that we bring our 2007 Panoz DP01 to the Zhuhai Circuit to demonstrate the excitement of Champ Car," said Champ Car President Steve Johnson. "It has been a very beneficial trip for us because we were able to meet with city and track officials as well as starting a media campaign for the Champ Car China Grand Prix. China is a wonderful country and I'm really looking forward to returning here for the race in May."

More than 150 local and national media attended the press conference at Zhuhai International Circuit, which included demonstration laps by Moreno. The Brazilian wowed the media by setting a new track record on his first lap and continuing to lower the mark setting the record at 83.619 seconds.

"I think there is going to be a very exciting race here in May," said Moreno. The track has really fast straights and three very slow corners with wide braking zones. There will be plenty of places to pass and the facility is excellent shape. I hope I get a chance to race here."

A full fleet of 2007 DP01's will cross the Pacific Ocean in May for the inaugural Champ Car China Grand Prix for Round Four of the Champ Car World Series. The series schedule begins on the streets of Las Vegas on April 8 for Las Vegas Grand Prix followed the next week by the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

-credit: ccws

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Steve Johnson