Neel Jani again on top in Laguna Seca practice Neel Jani once again proved his speed during the last test of the Champ Car World Series before the first race to take place in Las Vegas on April 8th. The 23-year-old Swiss driver running...
Neel Jani again on top in Laguna Seca practice
Neel Jani once again proved his speed during the last test of the Champ Car World Series before the first race to take place in Las Vegas on April 8th. The 23-year-old Swiss driver running #21 Red Bull PKV Racing Cosworth/Panoz/Bridgestone made a bold statement finishing in the top 3 in all four Laguna Seca practice sessions. As a rookie in the Champ Car World Series, he even took 1st place in the first session and recorded continuously fast times with a race simulation on Saturday morning.
Even though the young Swiss had never been on the track at Laguna Seca before, he finished the first practice session on Friday with the fastest time. After two third places, Neel Jani then finished second behind triple champion Sebastien Bourdais in the last session.
On Saturday morning, Jani ran by far the most laps of any drivers, 71, as the Red Bull PKV Racing Team simulated a full two hours race. Despite focusing on the long run, Jani still managed the third fastest lap of the session turning a quick time of 66.606 seconds (120.962 mph) on lap 39.
"In the morning our main target was to go a race distance, so I could get used to running a full race and saving fuel. That basically took up the whole morning," Jani said. "We spent the afternoon working on some important things that we could not do either at Sebring or Houston." Jani concluded by saying, "I am happy with the lap time we posted today."
"We had very good times there and have seen that our pace in the race is constant and even sometimes better than the one in the qualifying", explained Jani. Overall, he draws a very positive conclusion of the two test days in California.
These results put Neel Jani among the top three drivers of all official pre- season tests. "That was a very good start for us. We have been able to do a lot of testing, gained important insights and were always among the fastest teams. Now it will be a matter of converting this performance on the race weekends."
Jani further explains that he is very optimistic for the upcoming season. "However, it is too early to be euphoric. We still have a lot of work ahead of us. But the tests have showed that we can definitely make things happen during this season."
The Champ Car season 2007 begins on April 8th with a city race in Las Vegas. The schedule foresees 17 races with two of them in Europe: Assen in the Netherlands and Zolder in, Belgium. In the 2007 Champ Car World Series, a standard chassis by Panoz and Cosworth motors will be used.