DAN CLARKE, ...
DAN CLARKE, #14 CTE RACING HVM Ford-Cosworth/Lola
Making an Impression: He may be a Rookie in the Champ Car World Series, but Clarke drove like a veteran two weeks ago in San Jose. He started ninth, he was fifth by lap five, he passed for fourth on lap 12, passed Paul Tracy for third on lap 17 and was second by lap 31. Clarke was the only driver to give race leader and two time Champion Sebastien Bourdais a challenge in the first two stints of the race. Sadly, Clarke's phenomenal performance ended with a mechanical failure on lap 49.
The Elevation Effect: Denver and Mexico City are the only two "Mile High" cities featured on Champ Car World Series schedule. The high elevation does have an effect on the car, the thinner (lower pressure/lower density) air effects the car much the same as higher ambient temperatures. In addition, the high altitude robs the cars of usual levels of downforce, therefore there is about 14% less drag on the car. Also, the radiators are less efficient in the higher altitude, so they'll need more cooling. Normally, racecars would have less horsepower in a city like Denver, but since the Champ Car's have turbo's the horsepower is not effected. *CTE Racing HVM engineering.
Dan Clarke on his Inaugural Visit to Denver: "I am feeling very positive about Denver. Although we didn't get to the checkered flag in San Jose, we had a good run. Now we need to go one better and get to the end, running as strongly as we did there. If we can do that, there's no reason why we can't get enough points to get back into the thick of the Roshfrans Rookie of the Year title hunt--certainly a top five finish is possible. Testing at Road America last week also helps; it gives me valuable seat time which I'm using to keep developing the car with the team, this will make a difference as I head into Denver which is another new circuit for me."