LONG BEACH, Calif. -- In an effort to ensure an improvement from the morning practice time, the Arciero Project Racing Group (P.R.G.) took a little extra time in their racing paddock, made some adjustments on the car and got driver Luiz Garcia...
LONG BEACH, Calif. -- In an effort to ensure an improvement from the morning practice time, the Arciero Project Racing Group (P.R.G.) took a little extra time in their racing paddock, made some adjustments on the car and got driver Luiz Garcia Jr. out during the Friday preliminary qualifying session for the Long Beach Grand Prix.
The extra preparation helped, as Garcia improved on his morning time. Garcia, 28, recorded a fast time of 73.178 (96.816 m.p.h.), quicker than his 73.352 (96.586 m.p.h.) effort earlier.
Both Garcia and team manager Barry Brooke indicated the extra work on the Hollywood-Embratel-Tang-Reynard/Mercedes-Benz's suspension was necessary. Despite missing approximately six minutes of the session, Garcia drove seven laps in the 1999 car during qualifying, adding on to the several he did in the morning.
Thursday night, Garcia was a guest on the "Conway and Steckler" show, on KLSX-FM 97.1 in Los Angeles. Garcia talked about the race for with Tim Conway Jr. and Doug Steckler, who host the number one rated night radio show in the greater Los Angeles area.
"It wasn't a brilliant effort, but it wasn't bad either. We still need to work on the car and make some changes, but there has been a lot of improvement. We're taking another look at the springs and roll bar. We're getting there and I think we'll improve tomorrow." -- Luiz Garcia Jr., Driver
"We had a heavy work load to do on the car and couldn't get out quite on time, so we missed the six minutes. I can say it paid off as Luiz improved on his time from the morning." -- Barry Brooke, Team Manager