CHAMPCAR/CART: Milwaukee test postponed

INDIANAPOLIS (September 16, 2002) - The September 23rd track test that was scheduled by Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc. has been postponed to later this fall in order to improve a specific technical issue related to the test session. The...

INDIANAPOLIS (September 16, 2002) - The September 23rd track test that was scheduled by Championship Auto Racing Teams Inc. has been postponed to later this fall in order to improve a specific technical issue related to the test session.

The test was to have been held at the Milwaukee Mile on the 23rd with three of the CART FedEx Championship Series teams participating as the series was slated to try new aerodynamic configurations that are designed to improve the side-by-side racing at CART's oval-track races. The tests were to be run with a current version of the Ford-Cosworth engine currently in use in the series, but the engines would have been detuned slightly to approximate the output of next year's 2003 Cosworth power plant.

The test had to be postponed from its scheduled date as the manufacturers at Cosworth received a set of engine components for the test that did not conform to the company's rigid performance specifications.

"It is unfortunate that we can not conduct the test as planned next week, although we give our complete support to Cosworth and their decision to give us only their best engines," said CART Vice President of Racing Operations John Lopes. "We appreciate Cosworth's commitment to quality and CART will continue to work with the company to schedule a test that will give us the best opportunity to produce a highly competitive and entertaining racing package next season."

CART intends to reschedule the oval test in the coming weeks and a specific date will be announced as soon as arrangements can be finalized.

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