Chicago test report

American Matt Plumb found out just how fast a Barber Dodge Reynard can go around the 1-mile Chicago Motor Speedway. Plumb was the quickest of the lot in a combined test session this afternoon before official practice gets underway Friday, July 27...

American Matt Plumb found out just how fast a Barber Dodge Reynard can go around the 1-mile Chicago Motor Speedway. Plumb was the quickest of the lot in a combined test session this afternoon before official practice gets underway Friday, July 27 for round 8 of the 2001 Barber Dodge Pro Series. His quickest lap was recorded at 00:31.382 sec for an average speed of 118.042 mph. Earlier in the morning the field was split into two groups with Alex Sperafico setting the best time which would end up as his best time of the day.

The field was separated by eight-tenths of a second in the combined session. Three-thousandths of a second behind Plumb was championship leader Nicolas Rondett of Melle, France. Rookie Jon Morley ended the day third quickest ahead of Marc Breuers. Local favorite David Wieringa of Oak Brook, Ill was a surprising fifth quickest in his first oval track appearance. In fact Morley and Wieringa were among seven drivers making their first attempt at an oval race.

"In the morning session I didn't make any changes to the car, focusing on putting in laps," said Plumb who was 10th quickest during the morning. "Between sessions however, I made a whole host of changes to the car then pitted several times throughout the session to readjust. In the end I was very happy with the balance of the car keeping the Red Bullet car living up to its name."

Officially round 8 begins tomorrow with two practice sessions in the morning followed by single-car qualifying at 4:15 p.m. Central Time. The 60-lap race will take the green flag at 3:15 p.m. Central Time in support of the CART FedEx Target Grand Prix of Chicago.

Ten Quickest times from the combined session:

1. Matt Plumb, 00:31.382 sec 2. Nicolas Rondet, 00:31.485 3. Jon Morley, 00:31.505 4. Marc Breuers, 00:31.603 5. David Wieringa, 00:31.607 6. Rafael Sperafico, 00:31.678 7. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 00:31.680 8. Sara Senske, 00:31.687 9. Christian Szymczak, 00:31.706 10. Davy Cook, 00:31.803

- George Tamayo

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Series Barber Pro
Drivers David Wieringa , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Christian Szymczak , Davy Cook , Marc Breuers , Rafael Sperafico , Alex Sperafico , Matt Plumb , Jon Morley