CHAMPCAR/CART: Herdez Competition Sebring Spring Training notes 2003-02-05

Sebring International Raceway 1.669 miles/2.686 kilometers Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone The drivers of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford again took to the track today as a part of the "Spring Training" ...

Sebring International Raceway
1.669 miles/2.686 kilometers
Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone

The drivers of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford again took to the track today as a part of the "Spring Training" media and testing event. Both Mario Dominguez and Roberto Moreno had three hours on track, conducted their pre-season medical exams as well as a variety of photo and interview sessions with the media. Both crews today focused on exploring a variety of different car set ups in preparation for the season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida, February 21- 23, 2003. On Thursday, the drivers will complete the final day of the test with two sessions of one hour and fifteen minutes each.

Mario Dominguez - Driver, Car 55
Laps Completed: 62
Time: 51.888 seconds
Speed: 115.796 mph/186.354 kph
Position: 5th in session/11th overall

Daryl Fox - Crew Chief, Car 55

"On Mario's car, we have largely the same crew as we did in 2002. There seems to have been a lot of movement in this off-season amongst the mechanics so this continuity is a real bonus for us as a team. I feel pretty lucky with the crew we have - they are good group of guys and the new guys that we've added are fitting in really well. Another advantage for us is that we'll be competing with the same package as 2002 so we know all the little 'ins' and 'outs' of the car and we can use that to our benefit."

Roberto Moreno - Driver, Car 4
Laps Completed: 70
Time: 51.644 seconds
Speed: 116.343 mph/187.235 kph
Position: 3rd in session/7th overall

Mark Mason - Crew Chief, Car 4

"The primary work in front of us is getting this group of guys to 'gel' as a team. They have all come from different teams, with different habits, and now we have to learn to work together as a single unit. So far, I think we're doing really well. All of these guys have worked on the Lola before - they were just in different liveries. The next piece that we started working on here at Sebring is putting together the pit stop crew. Again, they all have experience from other teams but the challenge is finding the best possible person for each position. The test has gone well overall for us. We had a fresh car and from the time we took it out of the box, we haven't had a single problem in six solid hours of running. That's a good sign for the season."

-HC-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Mario Dominguez