CHAMPCAR/CART: PCM Houston test notes 2006-12-01

Pacific Coast Motorsports Completes Another Successful Test Preparations for Their 2007 Champ Car Debut Continues Oxnard, CA (December 1, 2006) - The 2007 season has started for Pacific Coast Motorsports; they completed their second Champ Car...

Pacific Coast Motorsports Completes Another Successful Test
Preparations for Their 2007 Champ Car Debut Continues

Oxnard, CA (December 1, 2006) - The 2007 season has started for Pacific Coast Motorsports; they completed their second Champ Car test on Thursday, in preparation for their 2007 series debut. PCM drivers American Alex Figge and Scot Ryan Dalziel logged 490 miles each, driving the Rocketsports Lola's.

It was the second test in as many weeks at Houston MSR, the PCM crew had a specific test plan to complete, including work on tire management, distance running, fuel conservation, and the analysis of the car's handling with changing fuel loads. Despite inclement weather, which forced the team to wrap the test early on Thursday, team director Tyler Tadevic was pleased with the outcome, "these tests have been extremely worthwhile for our drivers and engineers. They've allowed us to simulate different race conditions, work on strategies and scenarios, but most importantly, they've given the drivers an incredible amount of valuable seat-time. We ran almost 1,000 miles combined over the two days and both drivers are quick, they're confident and they are working very well with their engineers."

While other teams used the test days as an audition for their coveted 2007 Champ Car seats, Figge and Dalziel took advantage of the on-track traffic in their race simulations and preparation for the highly anticipated '07 season. Driver of the #29 car, Alex Figge commented, "Houston MSR is such a fast race-track. Our goal this week was to do long-distance running and it was great to have a few other cars out there. Part of the training for race-distance testing is mental focus and car handling. The extra cars created an important element for us. In addition, I feel great, which is a relief because I have spent most of the fall in the gym!"

Teammate Ryan Dalziel, driver of the #28 car also achieved his goals for the test, "It was the first time that I have really done a long run or a bunch of long runs while testing. We did three long runs the second day and I wasn't tired, so that was a personal goal that I realized and I am pretty happy with the outcome."

What's Next: Pacific Coast Motorsports will complete their final test using the Rocketsports Lola next Thursday, December 7th and Friday, December 8th at the California Speedway road course in Fontana. "We are going to structure and approach the Fontana test like a race weekend and run a race simulation on Friday afternoon," said team manager Michael Harvey. "We will run a 1.5 hour practice Friday morning. We'll the stop through to the early afternoon, make the changes necessary to the car and then run a simulated qualifying session. We will finish the day working on pitstops. Friday morning we will build up toward a complete race distance, which we plan for Friday afternoon. It will be another great opportunity for our drivers and engineers; we are looking forward to it."

Meet Champ Car's Newest Stars at the LA Auto Show: Pacific Coast Motorsports driver and Champ Car's lone ambassador for the Stars and Stripes, Alex Figge and teammate Ryan Dalziel will be greeting fans at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach booth at the 2007 LA Auto Show. Figge and Dalziel will be on hand, signing autographs and photos Saturday, December 9 from 11:00 -- 4:30 pm. The 2007 LA Auto Show is at the Los Angeles Convention Center and the Long Beach Grand Prix booth is in the Kentia hall, row 600.

-credit: www.pcmracing.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Alex Figge