CHAMPCAR/CART: Forsythe Racing give Rice, Martinez on-track time

Rice and Martinez Complete Successful First Test with Forsythe Championship Racing Houston, Texas -- November 4th, 2006 -- Buddy Rice and David Martinez completed over 400 trouble free miles in their first test with the Forsythe Championship ...

Rice and Martinez Complete Successful First Test with Forsythe Championship Racing

Houston, Texas -- November 4th, 2006 -- Buddy Rice and David Martinez completed over 400 trouble free miles in their first test with the Forsythe Championship Racing Team at the MSR Houston road course only a few miles south of Houston, Texas. The purpose of the test was to acclimatize both rookie drivers with the Forsythe Team and prepare them for their first career Champ Car start which will take place at the season finale in Mexico City, November 10th -- 12th, as Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

The last time Rice was in the cockpit of a Champ Car was almost six years ago when he tested one of the 750 horsepower turbo-charged machines after capturing the Champ Car Atlantic Championship in 2000. For Martinez, also a Champ Car Atlantic graduate, it was the first time behind the wheel of a Champ Car. The young Mexican driver however is no stranger to adapting to new type of race cars as he has driven in the last few years in Champ Car Atlantic, A1GP, Formula Renault V6, Barber Dodge Pro Series, and Formula 3.

Buddy Rice - #7 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola

"I feel really good, everything went just as planned. I'm very glad that we were able to get out there and get some laps under our belt before we get to Mexico, it's a big benefit and it will definitely help our performance during the race. I really enjoyed working with the Forsythe Team and getting to know my engineers and the rest of the Team. I mean these guys are really well organized and everybody is very professional so that has just made the transitions to Champ Car much easier. We were able to get up to speed right away, getting used to the turbo lag takes a little while, also to the brakes which work extremely well, but after only a few laps I got very comfortable and was able to push hard. Everything went smooth, now we just have to get down to Mexico and get back on track and keep gaining speed so we can have a strong result."

David Martinez - #33 INDECK Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone/Lola

"I'm very satisfied and very happy with the test; we were able to run over 200 miles without any problems. I also want to thank the Forsythe Team because they gave me an excellent car and they made my first day in a Champ Car as easy as possible. Driving these cars is an amazing experience, the power, the aerodynamics, the brakes, everything is just top notch. My engineer and I developed a very good relationship throughout the day, we took it easy at first and gradually got faster and by the end of the day we were turning very competitive laps. We basically did a lot of different tests to prepare me for a full race weekend, including simulated qualifying runs with new tires, pit stops, and long runs with full tanks so I could feel the wear of the tires and the change in the balance of the car as the fuel burns.

"I'm feeling very relaxed after this test. It's never easy to come into a world class series as a rookie, but after driving the car I have a better idea of what to expect and that's going to be a big help for Mexico."

Phil LePan, Team Manager

"It was a very successful test for both guys. They both turned over 200 miles without any problems and the whole Team worked very well together. With David we didn't make too many changes, we just wanted him to get used to the car and get a lot of laps in so he could get his confidence up and get ready to start working on setups in Mexico. Buddy has more experience in big horse power cars so we worked on some adjustments with him including some damper and geometry changes. We didn't do anything drastic but it seems like all the changes were very effective."

-credit: forsythe racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buddy Rice , David Martinez