USEFUL TWO-DAY TEST FOR CHARLES ZWOLSMAN ON THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY FONTANA, California 31 March 2006 - Charles Zwolsman came in 11th at his two-day test for MI-JACK Conquest Racing on the track in Fontana (California, USA). The new driver, who...
USEFUL TWO-DAY TEST FOR CHARLES ZWOLSMAN ON THE CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY
FONTANA, California 31 March 2006 - Charles Zwolsman came in 11th at his two-day test for MI-JACK Conquest Racing on the track in Fontana (California, USA). The new driver, who will be driving in the Champ Car World Series in the coming season, was despite a left-wrist injury faster than his more experienced teammate Andrew Ranger. Tomorrow, the Dutchman and his team will be leaving for the home base of the team in Indianapolis to further prepare for the seasons opening next week on the streetcourse in Long Beach (California).
After trying out the very fast Cosworth Lola on Wednesday, it was Zwolsman's turn again to take his Champcar on the track. On his first day as an official MI-JACK Conquest Racing driver, Zwolsman did encounter some problems though. His seat did not seem to be perfect for him what led to an inability to use his left arm correctly and he, in turn, had to compensate for that with his right arm. Consequently he only came in 13th on the 2.33 km long course that day.
Zwolsman still began his second test day very energetic. With dry and very nice weather he pulled off an intensive training program on Thursday with a number of pit-stops, set-ups, long-distance runs and race simulations. Half-way through the morning session he was able to score a sixth place amongst all the other experienced race car drivers with a time of 53.525. Zwolsman did around 170 laps on the track that lies in the middle of the large oval track of Fontana. He used some six normal compound Bridgestone tires. After having problems with his left hand wrist again, the 26 year old was not able to maintain his position and finally finished eleventh.
CHARLES ZWOLSMAN: "These two test days have been very useful for me. I was able to try out many things and different set-ups of the car. A very productive experience for me and the whole team. We have learned a lot. It is just a pity that my seat was not fitting me and the car optimally. That was the reason for my wr ist problems. My pulse was also going fast after I had hit one of the curbstones. The car is not that easy to control and that way absolutely not optimal. Luckly we can work on this during a test like this and we can prevent this from happening during a raceweekend. Other than that, the work with my teammate and Conquest Racing went very well. Andrew is a nice guy and I am sure we'll be working well together. The team is very motivated and I really cannot wait until I can get back in the car and on the track on Friday in Long Beach."