CHAMPCAR/CART: DP01 chassis test notes 2006-09-06

PANOZ DP01 TESTING CONTINUED TODAY WITH AN AMAZING 400 MILES RUN SEBRING, Fla. (September 6, 2006) -- A normal race weekend for the teams and drivers in the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford is consists of ...

PANOZ DP01 TESTING CONTINUED TODAY WITH AN AMAZING 400 MILES RUN

SEBRING, Fla. (September 6, 2006) -- A normal race weekend for the teams and drivers in the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford is consists of approximately 300 miles per car, today at Sebring International Raceway Roberto Moreno and the 2007 Panoz DP01 easily eclipsed a full weekends worth of running after turning 247 laps at the 1.67-mile facility which is the most any single car and driver has run at Sebring in recent history.

The 400 miles were run trouble free, with the only extended break of the day coming when Moreno, the team and the safety workers took a one-hour lunch break around midday. All day long Moreno ran 21-lap stints before pitting and giving the crew a chance to check all of the components.

"Everything is working flawlessly right now," said Champ Car Technical Director Scot Elkins. "We started right off the bat this morning and just kept logging miles and collecting data on the car. As we started working through everything we even started making some adjustments to make the car a little more comfortable for Roberto as it is pretty tough out there in this heat. With the cars reliability as our main goal this week, we are very pleased with how things are going."

As is typical in Central Florida in the late summer, temperatures stayed in the 90's all day with a lot of humidity in the air. The conditions proved to be pretty tough for everyone including two-time Champ Car racewinner Roberto Moreno

"It was pretty brutal today," said Moreno."It is really hot and humid here and we are trying to get in as many miles as we can and I'm impressed with how consistent the car is through an entire stint. The car is very reliable, the gear shifts are smooth, the brakes are predictable and the Bridgestone tires are wearing very well. Our lap times are consistent and we are getting about 60 laps per set. It is amazing how the balance isn't changing from full tanks to empty tanks, the only thing that changes is the lap times are quicker and that is on a very basic setup. More so I am impressed with how I am handling it after three years out of a Champ Car. I have been able to get up to speed quickly and running consistent lap times, that is something to be very proud of in the hot summer."

This week's testing will wrap-up tomorrow with the third test of the Panoz DP01 starting next Monday at Sebring and continuing until Friday, September 15.

-credit: ccws

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