CHAMPCAR/CART: American Spirit Sebring Spring Training notes 2003-02-05

American Spirit Team Johansson drivers post quicker times. SEBRING, Fla.-American Spirit Team Johansson drivers Jimmy Vasser and Ryan Hunter-Reay went faster Wednesday at Sebring International Raceway as Spring Training continued in ...

American Spirit Team Johansson drivers post quicker times.

SEBRING, Fla.-American Spirit Team Johansson drivers Jimmy Vasser and Ryan Hunter-Reay went faster Wednesday at Sebring International Raceway as Spring Training continued in preparation for the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

Driving the ASTJ Ford-Cosworth/Reynards, Vasser wound up with the fourth best time in two days of running while Hunter-Reay lopped off a half-second from his Tuesday time to end up 12th fastest out of 18 drivers. Vasser, who ran in the afternoon session, had a top lap of 51.353 seconds, good for an average speed of 117.002 miles per hour around the 1.669-mile course. Hunter-Reay, who ran in the morning session, had a top lap of 51.956 seconds (115.644 mph). The first-year Champ Car driver was slightly more than a second off the quick time set by Oriol Servia, whose lap of 50.940 seconds (117.951 mph) was also set in the morning session.

Both drivers were pleased with the day's results.

"We just kept plugging away, working on the car," said Vasser, the fastest of the drivers using the Reynard chassis. "We keep making progress so I'm happy about that."

"Today, I felt much more comfortable due to the fact I was able to sleep on my progress from yesterday," said Hunter-Reay, who was the second fastest rookie for the second straight day. "They made quite a few changes so that I could become more comfortable with the pedals. However, my overall lap time was not indicative of my progress due to other circumstances."

Team Owner Stefan Johansson was also pleased.

"We're obviously pleased to have Jimmy in the top five and to have Ryan continue to go faster than he had the previous day," Johansson pointed out. "We had to do some work on Jimmy's gearbox and he didn't get to run the entire session so we're encouraged he was only four-10ths of a second off of the quick time. We purposely are being conservative with Ryan and he did another fine job of taking care of the car and going faster."

Spring Training concludes Thursday and American Spirit Team Johansson will return to its headquarters in Indianapolis to prepare for the February 23 season opener in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Stefan Johansson , Oriol Servia , Ryan Hunter-Reay