Carroll happy to take experience with him to Mid-Ohio this weekend INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 2, 2010) - AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport driver Adam Carroll has had a month to look back on his IZOD IndyCar Series debut at Watkins Glen and even more time...
Carroll happy to take experience with him to Mid-Ohio this weekend
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 2, 2010) - AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport driver Adam Carroll has had a month to look back on his IZOD IndyCar Series debut at Watkins Glen and even more time to reflect on his first laps at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Now, he must take everything he has thought about and apply it to his next opportunity at this weekend's Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.
Carroll, who will be behind the wheel of the #27 Automatic Fire Sprinklers car for AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport, impressed many at Watkins Glen by qualifying 10th before driving to a 16th place finish. The 2009 A1GP World Cup of Motorsport champion is now hoping to build on the experience he gained in race conditions at a track where he tested in late June.
ADAM CARROLL, #27 AUTOMATIC FIRE SPRINKLERS CAR:
(WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS MORE VALUABLE: THE LAPS YOU DID WHILE TESTING AT MID-OHIO OR THE MILES YOU LOGGED DURING THE RACE WEEKEND AT WATKINS GLEN?) "I don't really know. I'm glad I had both, to tell you the truth. I wouldn't want to choose between the two. "My experience so far in an IZOD IndyCar has been really good. The test at Mid-Ohio was great because I was finally able to get in the car and got a lot of laps in. The race in Watkins Glen was a good learning experience for all of those little things-leaving the pits, entering the pits, getting strapped into the car at the start.
"The test at Mid-Ohio was really good. We did over 100 laps-plenty of miles. Over the day I could tell how it rubbered in, and it got more and more grip. The advantage of being there and already done laps is that I can get up to speed faster. I was as quick as a lot of the guys around me so hopefully I can build on that and stay close to pace.
"Watkins Glen was hard, probably because it was completely different than the test. It is very big and fast, while Mid-Ohio is a very technical, busy little circuit.
"One thing that is really impressive with the IZOD IndyCars is the amount of downforce. I really had to know where the limit was at Watkins Glen without going off course but keep at speed at the same time.
"One thing that's hard is that when you haven't been in car for a while, sometimes driving the car isn't the tough part, it's all the little details that you have to learn. These (IZOD IndyCar Series) races are almost two-hours long -- almost half an hour longer than an F1 race. From warming up your tires to things like hitting the push-to-pass button by mistake with my knee, there are so many little details that can add up to make a big difference."
-source: andretti autosport