CHAMPCAR/CART: Bright tests at Firebird

(Phoenix, Az) - Young Australian motorsport star Jason Bright has "exceeded all expectations" in his first Champ Car test at the Firebird Raceway in Phoenix Arizona today. Preparing for his Champ Car debut in the Honda Indy 300 on the streets ...

(Phoenix, Az) - Young Australian motorsport star Jason Bright has "exceeded all expectations" in his first Champ Car test at the Firebird Raceway in Phoenix Arizona today.

Preparing for his Champ Car debut in the Honda Indy 300 on the streets of the Gold Coast from October 12-15, Bright produced impressive maturity and times to drew enormous praise from Champ Car team owner John Della Penna.

Bright will continue his two-day test on the Phoenix road course tomorrow and will arrive in Australia early next week to commence a promotional campaign in the lead-up to the race of his life.

"The results today certainly exceeded all my expectations," said Della Penna.

"Jason is a tremendously talented young driver who, with the right program underneath him, could become a future Champ Car star. I especially liked his communication skills and his ability to relay situations to the team engineers.

"He did not put as much as a wheel in the wrong place in over 200 miles of testing today."

Bright managed to achieve his quickest time of 49.0 seconds with a set of gear ratios designed for the Houston track - the venue for the 18th round of the FedEx Championship Series this weekend.

Bright will also be heading to Houston this weekend for the penultimate round of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship in which he is currently running fifth.

"I think my times are comparable with other recent runs here by other Champ Car drivers when you consider this is the first time I have ever been in one of these cars," said Bright.

"We did a bunch of 10-lap runs and then did a 54-lap session at the end which we broke up with fully simulated race pit stops.

"My biggest worry has been making sure I was experienced enough in full race situations, including getting in and out of the pits as quickly and as professionally as possible. I am lot more confident about all that after today's test.

"I think the biggest thing I had to get used to was the left-foot braking. Pulling up one of these 1550-pound machines is not the easiest thing in the world. We will be doing another full day of testing tomorrow and I cannot wait to get back out there." Honda Indy 300 General Manager, Mr Geoff Jones, kept a constant ear on the test during the early hours of this morning and was delighted with the results.

"To get the feed back we have received from John Della Penna and Jason today is enormously pleasing," said Jones.

"We all have a tremendous amount of faith in Jason and his ability and look forward to him turning a few heads on his home Queensland track next month."

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