PLAYER'S CART TEAM DRIVERS PATRICK CARPENTIER AND GREG MOORE 14th AND 19TH IN WIND-SWEPT PRACTICE SESSION ON FONTANA SUPER OVAL Fontana, California, October 29, 1999 - In a practice session that they used primarily to test and tinker with...
PLAYER'S CART TEAM DRIVERS PATRICK CARPENTIER AND GREG MOORE 14th AND 19TH IN WIND-SWEPT PRACTICE SESSION ON FONTANA SUPER OVAL
Fontana, California, October 29, 1999 - In a practice session that they used primarily to test and tinker with various race set-ups, Patrick Carpentier and Greg Moore of the Player's team put in the 14th- and 19th-fastest laps respectively today in preparation for Sunday's final event of the FedEx CART Championship season.
Most of the fastest times were clocked in the morning session on the 2.029-mile California Speedway super oval, as the drivers encountered gusty winds in the afternoon run, causing the times to be about six-tenths of a second slower, on average. Mark Blundell clocked the day's fastest lap, in 31.044 seconds (235.292 miles per hour), edging out Max Papis and Juan Montoya.
Carpentier, of Joliette, Que., who was re-signed earlier this week to race for the Player's team in the 2000 season, posted a fast lap of 31.482 seconds (232.018 mph), while Moore, competing in his final race as a member of the Player's CART Team, had a time of 31.664 seconds (230.685 mph).
"We didn't do a quick lap in the morning because we were basically running race set-ups - that's what we were looking for at this stage," explained Carpentier. "Then, in the afternoon, the wind was a big factor. It made it hard to drive on such a fast track. It's OK to run full-out on a calm day, but on a day like this, you can't keep it to the floor all the way around."
Carpentier came into the pits with 20 minutes to go in the afternoon session after the throttle got stuck on his car. The Player's crew determined that the problem could not be quickly resolved, so Carpentier called it a day.
"What we'll do for the qualifying session tomorrow is remove some of the downforce from the rear wing and go for it," stated Carpentier.
Moore, who finished second at Fontana last year, clocking the fastest race lap in the process, said he is "cautiously optimistic" about his chances for success on Sunday, as he tries to finish up his career with Player's with a flourish before moving on to a new team in the 2000 season.
"I feel very comfortable on this track," admitted Moore. "To succeed here you a bit of everything - driving, set-up and luck. It's a long race and you have to be there at the finish. We want to be in the top 5 near the end because anyone who's in the top 5 at that point can eventually win the race."
Racing fans can watch the 250-lap race live on The Sports Network starting at 3 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.
PLAYER'S RACING NEWS BUREAU SERVICES PROVIDED FOR FONTANA 500 WEEKEND SCHEDULE
Local Time Montreal Time (+3)
Saturday, Oct. 30 CART Practice 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CART Qualifying 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 31 CART Warm Up 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. CART Race(250 laps) 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. -