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Shanghai: Team USA Friday notes

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Shanghai: Team USA Friday notes
Apr 12, 2008, 4:14 PM

A1 TEAM USA 8th in practice at Shanghai SHANGHAI, China--A1 TEAM USA's Jonathan Summerton was eighth fastest in practice Friday for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at Shanghai International Circuit. "It was a pretty good day for us considering ...

A1 TEAM USA 8th in practice at Shanghai

SHANGHAI, China--A1 TEAM USA's Jonathan Summerton was eighth fastest in practice Friday for the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport at Shanghai International Circuit.

"It was a pretty good day for us considering the balance of the 'We the People' car wasn't right," Summerton said. "Our data indicates it came from a shock absorber problem and we're going to put on a different set for Saturday's practice and see if that fixes it. Even with the car oversteering in the left-handed corners and understeering in the right-handed corners, we were only six-tenths of a second off the fastest time. If we can get the balance corrected, we can make that six-tenths disappear and make a run for the pole for both races.

"'The most promising part was how we ran on worn tires. We were able to maintain our lap times throughout the entire (one-hour) session and were the second fastest car on the track in the final 10 minutes."

Summerton, of Kissimmee, Fla., drove around the 2.9-mile circuit in 1:35.822. He ran 22 laps.

"Our team worked at a high level today," A1 TEAM USA Holdings owner Rick Weidinger said. "We were in the top-10 with a competitive lap with a car that wasn't perfect. Identifying a problem is the first step to correcting it and we have a pretty good idea of how to do that.

"We have tremendous leadership and knowledge in team manager Marc Lawrence and race engineer Leon Gutfreund. We are optimistic of a strong run in qualifying."

Summerton will have a one-hour practice Saturday to prepare for qualifying and the races. Qualifying is Saturday and the 20-minute Sprint and 70-minute Feature races are Sunday.

-credit: team usa

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Series A1GP
Drivers Marc Lawrence , Jonathan Summerton , Leon Gutfreund