CHAMPCAR/CART: 2003 Ford-Cosworth engine tests scheduled

Eight CART Ladder System standouts to aid with 2003 Ford-Cosworth engine endurance testing. INDIANAPOLIS - (November 7, 2002) - The new series standard Ford-Cosworth engine that will power all 2003-04 Champ Cars will get its first...

Eight CART Ladder System standouts to aid with 2003 Ford-Cosworth engine endurance testing.

INDIANAPOLIS - (November 7, 2002) - The new series standard Ford-Cosworth engine that will power all 2003-04 Champ Cars will get its first on-track testing November 21-23 in the hands of the young drivers that hope to be using them to battle for CART championships in the future.

Toyota Atlantic 2002 champion Jon Fogarty and reigning Barber Dodge Pro Series titlist AJ Allmendinger will be the first of eight drivers scheduled to drive in the first of three endurance tests of the new engine, tests that will see the powerplant run 1,200 miles over three separate sessions.

The engine will make three 400-mile runs without a rebuild in order to test the durability and versatility of the powerplant, a series that will start in November with a session at the Firebird East road course. The car will continue on to an oval layout for 400 more miles before heading back to a road circuit to finish the examination. The engine will be fitted with all the 2003 update parts including the ECU, exhaust system, turbocharger, intake filter system and pop-off valve. The engine will be fitted on a Dale Coyne Racing Lola and will be shaken down by veteran driver Roberto Moreno before being handed over to the Ladder System pilots.

"We are pleased to be able to help Ford-Cosworth in any way we can with the development of the 2003-04 engine," said Lee Dykstra, CART Director of Technology and Competition. "We feel that the planned tests will provide us with valuable insights as to what direction we need to take in ensuring that we have the best possible engine package for next year. Having the ability to give the young drivers in our Ladder System a chance to test the cars is an added bonus that will aid us and also furthers their own progress."

Toyota Atlantic race winner Rocky Moran Jr. will also participate in the Firebird test and will then travel to the oval-track outing to provide some driver continuity between the first two test sessions. Atlantic standouts Michael Valiante, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alex Gurney, Joey Hand and Luis Diaz will also be involved as drivers in the final two test runs, with the tracks and dates to be named later.

Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) owns, operates and markets the CART FedEx Championship Series. Newly-crowned 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series champion Cristiano da Matta is among the open-wheel stars competing with teams such as Newman/Haas Racing, Player's/Forsythe Racing, Team Rahal, Fernandez Racing, Patrick Racing, Herdez Competition, Mo Nunn Racing, Walker Racing and others. CART Champ Cars are thoroughbred racing machines that reach speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, showcasing the technical expertise of manufacturers such as Ford Motor Company, Lola Cars, Reynard Motorsport and Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC. The 19-race 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series will be broadcast by new television partners, CBS, FOX and SPEED Channel. CART also owns and operates its top development series, the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. Learn more about CART's open-wheel racing series at www.cart.com.

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Series Atlantic , Barber Pro , IndyCar
Drivers Alex Gurney , Roberto Moreno , Jon Fogarty , Michael Valiante , Joey Hand , Rocky Moran Jr. , Luis Diaz , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Dale Coyne , Cristiano da Matta , Mo Nunn
Teams Dale Coyne Racing