CHAMPCAR/CART: Mears Laguna Seca Friday practice notes

Casey Mears and the ...

Casey Mears and the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard had the 19th-fastest time in practice this afternoon for Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of Monterey. Mears, the 23-year-old replacement for the injured Alex Zanardxi, had a fast time this afternoon of 1 minute, 10.894 seconds (an average of 113.646 mph) around the 2.238-mile Laguna Seca Raceway road course. It was the 23rd-best time of the day with today's morning and afternoon sessions combined.

His teammate,Tony Kanaan and the #55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard, clocked the 11th-fastest time this afternoon and the 13th-fastest combined time of the day at 1:10.189 (114.787 mph). Defending race winner Helio Castroneves had the best lap of the day, by far, in this afternoon session at 1:08.838 (117.040 mph). His teammate, Gil de Ferran, was almost a half-second behind but second overall at 1:09.345 (116.184 mph), while Mauricio Gugelmin was third best on the day with his afternoon time of 1:09.514 (115.902 mph).

Practice resumes Saturday morning with qualifying set to begin at 1:45 p.m. local time (4:45 p.m. EDT). The CART qualifying show will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 2 a.m. EDT Sunday. Race time Sunday at 1 p.m. local time (4 p.m. EDT) with a live broadcast set for ESPN.

CASEY MEARS
"This is just great. I'm learning something every time around this track. I love it. We've definitely got a lot of work to do. We put some new tires on for the end of the (afternoon) session but it didn't help us because we had a voltage problem. But I think we've crutched our setup problems enough to where we can put together a decent lap in qualifying tomorrow. I'm feeling more and more comfortable with the car and the crew. Everyone's been great. It helps when you know the track, too. I can't wait to get back into the car tomorrow morning."

-MNR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Casey Mears , Gil de Ferran , Tony Kanaan , Mauricio Gugelmin , Mo Nunn