Testing sessions to select a successor to Greg Moore on the Player's CART Team ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI LEAVES SEBRING WITH THE SATISFACTION OF A JOB WELL DONE Sebring, Florida, September 30, 1999 - Alexandre Tagliani, one of three drivers seeking...
Testing sessions to select a successor to Greg Moore on the Player's CART Team
ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI LEAVES SEBRING WITH THE SATISFACTION OF A JOB WELL DONE
Sebring, Florida, September 30, 1999 - Alexandre Tagliani, one of three drivers seeking to succeed Greg Moore on the Player's CART Team for the 2000 FedEx Championship season, completed his two-day testing session on the 1.65-mile road course today with a feeling of accomplishment.
"I was a bit nervous on the first day but I really felt comfortable in today's session," said Tagliani, who finished fourth in this season's KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship standings and won two races - at Long Beach and Montreal. "I was completely focused on what I had to do and I believe I was able to display the qualities that the Player's team management is looking for in a driver who's trying to get to the CART series."
Neil Micklewright, Vice-president - Operations for the Player's CART Team who is overseeing the testing sessions, praised the work of the Lachenaie, Que., driver who turns 27 on October 16.
"Driving a CART car is physically demanding and Alex impressed us with his physical ability and the way he was able to maintain a high level of concentration throughout the sessions," commented Micklewright, who had Player's Racing Development Manager Richard Spénard on hand to provide a technical analysis of Tagliani's driving.
Tagliani, who turned in a fast lap of 53 seconds flat, used five sets of tires during today's session, which Micklewright said was run under conditions similar to what a CART driver might find in a Friday provisional qualifying provisional qualifying run. Tagliani said he is satisfied that he performed to the best of his ability.
"It's hard not to think about how important these testing sessions are for your racing career, but I think I showed them what I can do and now I'll just have to leave the decision up to the Player's team management," stated Tagliani.
Lee Bentham, of Newmarket Ont., Tagliani's teammate on the Player's Atlantic team, is the next driver to take part in the tests. Bentham, the 1998 Atlantic champion, will be on the Sebring track on Friday and Saturday. Toronto's David Empringham, a former Indy Lights champion with the Player's team, will follow Bentham. His two-day session is scheduled for Sunday and Monday.