CHAMPCAR/CART: Krumm Long Beach report

The 2001 Long Beach Grand Prix, was held in mixed conditions, Friday was dry and sunny, Saturday Free Practice wet and the later qualifying session dry but a small shower between the first and second group offered the possibility for a major...

The 2001 Long Beach Grand Prix, was held in mixed conditions, Friday was dry and sunny, Saturday Free Practice wet and the later qualifying session dry but a small shower between the first and second group offered the possibility for a major up-set in qualifying form and race day was typical Californian sunshine

Michael ran in the first qualifying group and posted the eleventh fastest time for the session. This session was red flagged four times, the norm being twice! This became twenty-fifth position once the second group completed there session on a dry track - with not a single red flag!

"With our lack of pre-season testing we definitely suffered today with the changeable conditions, I have never driven a Champcar in the wet before, and of course we lost the time working on our set up for the dry conditions we had in qualifying - so really it was not so good for us. We where also very unlucky with all the red flags, every time I made an attack the session was stopped"

Michael Krumm finished the Long Beach Grand Prix in fifteenth position, on the lead lap and having suffered throughout the race with traction problems.

"From the very start of the race I had incredible wheel spin at every corner. It was a real problem coming onto the main straight, I would make a clean exit of the hairpin and be as gentle as possible on the power but the car just stood still for a moment and anyone behind me drove past. It appears that the problem was due to a defective differential. It is a shame as Dale called a very good strategy and got me up into a good position but every time we made a gain in the pits we lost it again on the track. I am pleased to finish the race, as Team PRG/Dale Coyne have worked very hard to field a car for me. With the problems we had today it is a good result "

-Jules

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Krumm , Dale Coyne