The laptop computers of PacWest Racing's engineers will be working overtime tonight as they chase improvements for both the ...
The laptop computers of PacWest Racing's engineers will be working overtime tonight as they chase improvements for both the #17 Nextel PacWest Mercedes-Benz of Mauricio Gugelmin and the #18 Motorola PacWest Mercedes-Benz of Mark Blundell in the lead-up to this weekend's third-round of the FedEx Championship Series in Long Beach California.
Both cars were off the pace in today's qualifying session with Gugelmin currently 17th and Blundell 18th on the provisional grid.
The Motorola team failed to capitalize on its performance in the morning session when Blundell was second.
Both PacWest crews are hoping for fine weather tomorrow so they can have a serious attempt at qualifying higher up the grid for Sunday's race on the Long Beach temporary street course.
Mexican Adrian Fernandez currently holds provisional pole with a 1:08.636s from Gil de Ferran and Max Papis.
MAURICIO GUGELMIN - # 17 NEXTEL PACWEST MERCEDES-BENZ
Morning Session: 1:11.410s -- 20th; Qualifying: 1:09.644s -- 17th
"I had a car which had a lot of push and we simply could not get rid of it," said Gugelmin.
"We ran out of time to put in a lap on the second set of tires so maybe we could have been a couple of spots higher.
"It was an ordinary day and we certainly don't need a repeat tomorrow or Sunday will be a long day.
"We will sit down have a look at all the data tonight before deciding on which direction to head in the morning."
MARK BLUNDELL - # 18 MOTOROLA PACWEST MERCEDES-BENZ
Morning Session: 1:10.065s -- 20th; Qualifying: 1:09.852s -- 17th
"Unfortunately we could not capitalize on our efforts of this morning," said Blundell.
"We had a tire pressure problem in the qualifying session and a few other issues.
"I was more than impressed with the Mercedes-Benz engine straight out of the box.
"Some impressive improvements have made in that area in a short period of time.
"We did not do ourselves any favors today, but we need to put our heads down and get on with the job tomorrow."