AMERICAN SPEED TAKES FIRST LAPS IN USGP RACE RIDE FOR 2006 INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Feb. 10, 2006 - American driver Scott Speed wasted no time dialing in the Scuderia Toro Rosso STR-01 in his first day in the new car, which he will drive in the...
AMERICAN SPEED TAKES FIRST LAPS IN USGP RACE RIDE FOR 2006
INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Feb. 10, 2006 - American driver Scott Speed wasted no time dialing in the Scuderia Toro Rosso STR-01 in his first day in the new car, which he will drive in the 2006 Formula One season, including the United States Grand Prix on July 2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Speed, from Manteca, Calif., turned 79 laps in the new car Feb. 10 at the Jerez circuit in Spain. Teammate Tonio Liuzzi made the maiden run in the car Feb. 9 at Jerez.
"The car tended to oversteer, but we worked on the problem and by the end of the day, we had it improved," Speed said. "We also did a long run at the end, and that went smoothly. It was our best run of the day, which shows we are making progress."
Speed and the team also worked on adjusting to the unique power produced by the car's V10 engines. All other F1 teams this season are using V8 engines according to new regulations, but Scuderia Toro Rosso is using a restricted version of the old V10 engines, allowed by a provision in the rules.
"It definitely has less horsepower and has a different power band," Speed said. "It's going to require a different driving style, carrying more speed through the corners as you feel the difference when you drive out of them."
Speed, Liuzzi and the team will continue testing Feb. 13, at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain. That's the site of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on March 12.
Speed is the first American to race in Formula One since 1993. When he races at the USGP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he will be the first American to compete in his home grand prix since 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever Jr. finished third in the 1989 USGP at Phoenix.
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