CHAMPCAR/CART: Chicago Reynard Friday Report

Fedex Championship Series Race 15 Chicago, Illinois REYNARD CHAMP CARS STRONG AT NEW CHICAGO TRACK August 20, 1999 - Reynard Champ Cars took eight out of the top ten places at the Target Grand Prix, round 15 of the Champ Car Series, ...

Fedex Championship Series Race 15 Chicago, Illinois

REYNARD CHAMP CARS STRONG AT NEW CHICAGO TRACK

August 20, 1999 - Reynard Champ Cars took eight out of the top ten places at the Target Grand Prix, round 15 of the Champ Car Series, with highest placed Reynard driver, Max Papis in the Team Rahal Ford Reynard, recording the second fastest time of the day with a lap of 22.976 seconds, 161.229 miles per hour in the morning session. Mark Blundell, fourth quickest driver overall and second fastest Reynard in his PacWest Racing Mercedes-Benz Reynard, was less than 0.2 seconds slower than the leader, Helio Castro Neves, driving the Mercedes-Benz Lola for Hogan Racing.

This Chicago race is the inaugural event at the new Sportsman Park Speedway, a recently constructed 1 mile short oval track located in Cicero, a suburb of the city. Drivers and public alike have been impressed with the 65,000 seater facility and as a new circuit for the Fedex Championship Series, drivers were given an extra day of practice on Thursday, in addition to the usual schedule of two practice sessions on Friday and a third on Saturday morning. Qualifying takes place on Saturday afternoon.

Max Papis, leading Reynard driver as the event heads into the weekend, commented, "The track really changed from Thursday's practice. There was more grip and the times showed that. The car felt good this morning as we looked for speed. Qualifying will be important but we really want to prepare for the race. I was able to work on passing traffic. That will be the key for Sunday. We are working on gaining the confidence with the car. The goal is to have a consistent car for the race."

Barry Ward, Chief Designer, Reynard Motorsport adds, "It's early days in the weekend. The Reynards are showing well, but I'm sure there is more to come from the teams. The track is still very green and as more rubber goes down, we'll see the times come down further. It's a different type of oval than the others in the Series, with tight banked corners, so other oval track setups aren't really applicable. It's challenging the engineers to find the right balance and with more track time tomorrow, I'm sure we'll see the Reynards at the front."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Mark Blundell