SBRS: FPAUDI: Hand accels in Brands Hatch test

Skip Barber trained Joey Hand posted the fifth fastest lap during testing today at Brands Hatch, England, in preparation for Sunday's Formula Palmer Audi Winter Series double-header finale. Hand achieved the time of 43.72 seconds, less than ...

Skip Barber trained Joey Hand posted the fifth fastest lap during testing today at Brands Hatch, England, in preparation for Sunday's Formula Palmer Audi Winter Series double-header finale. Hand achieved the time of 43.72 seconds, less than three-tenths of a second slower than the session pace-setter, despite a turbocharger problem that left his Team USA Scholarship car dramatically down on power.

"It was an OK day, I guess," reported a typically modest Hand, 21, who currently lies third in the championship standings after the first two races at Snetterton last weekend. "I have a whole car without any dirt on it, and I feel good about the way I'm driving. It was OK in that I was only fifth quick, but the better news is that we found a problem with the car.

"I was making progress with my driving but I wasn't going any faster. After we analyzed all the data, we found that the turbo wastegate was sticking closed, so we were losing a lot of time on the straightaways. I think we're actually in good shape for the weekend."

Fellow Skip Barber trained and 2000 Team USA Scholarship winner Phil Giebler,
who lies fourth in the points, was unable to take part in today's sessions, having already committed to tests in Germany with Paul Stewart Racing's Formula 3 team. Giebler was expected back in England last night, where he will be allowed to make up some track time in preparation for Sunday's races.

Hand and Giebler, both from California, drive identical cars painted in a stunning red, white and blue Team USA Scholarship livery. The program is supported by a variety of companies within the American racing industry including Valvoline, Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc., Skip Barber Racing School, Tasman Motorsports, Mitel Semiconductor, Mercedes-Benz of North America, PacWest Racing Group, Klein Tools and Racer and Champ Car magazines.

Now entering its 11th year, the TEAM USA program was founded by current Champ Car magazine editor Jeremy Shaw. The goal of the scholarship is to provide an awareness of talented young American drivers and assist in their graduation up the auto-racing ladder via the ultra-competitive circuits of Europe. Past scholarship winners include CART Champ Car drivers Bryan Herta, Jimmy Vasser and Memo Gidley; Indy Lights racers Tony Renna and Jeff Simmons; Toyota Atlantic Champion Buddy Rice; NASCAR Winston Cup talent Jerry Nadeau; Formula Palmer Audi Winter Series Champion Paul Edwards.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Paul Edwards , Jerry Nadeau , Jimmy Vasser , Memo Gidley , Bryan Herta , Joey Hand , Buddy Rice , Skip Barber , Tony Renna , Jeremy Shaw , Paul Stewart , Phil Giebler