CHAMPCAR/CART: Player's Lausitz Friday notes

Lausitz, Germany, September 14, 2001 The first-ever CART series race in Europe Saturday's German 500 on the 2-mile EuroSpeedway tri-oval will be called The American Memorial in tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack on the United States...

Lausitz, Germany, September 14, 2001 The first-ever CART series race in Europe Saturday's German 500 on the 2-mile EuroSpeedway tri-oval will be called The American Memorial in tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack on the United States that occurred on September 11. FedEx CART Championship officials made the announcement on Friday, as the CART teams including Team Player's went through a practice session in preparation for the race.

"A number of meetings have been held over the last couple of days to determine whether the race was going to be run in light of the tragic incidents that occurred in the United States," said Neil Micklewright, Team Player's Vice-President of Operations. "There have also been several discussions between the Secretary of the U.S. Department of External Affairs, the German 500 promoter, management of the CART racing teams, as well as CART officials.

"Following our last meeting, which took place at noon (6 a.m. Eastern time) on Friday, it was decided that the German 500 would officially be a race in commemoration of the victims of this terrible tragedy. We may be thousands of miles away, but our thoughts are with the families of the victims. In memory of the victims, all of the prize money distributed for the race will be given to the American Red Cross."

Following a persistent rain that wiped out Thursday's practice session and led to the cancellation of qualifying, Team Player's drivers Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani were finally able to do some testing on the new track during a rain-shortened two-hour practice session on Friday. Carpentier clocked the third fastest lap of the session in 35.261 seconds (206.540 miles per hour). His teammate Alex Tagliani was seventh fastest, registering a time of 35.539 seconds (204.924 mph). Brazilian Tony Kanaan turned the quickest lap 34.624 seconds (210.340 mph).

As a result of the cancelled qualifying session, the starting grid will be formed according to the point standings in the drivers' championship. Carpentier will thus be ninth on the grid, while Tagliani will be 13th. The pole-sitter will be Gil de Ferran, the current leader in the drivers' standings.

Racing fans can follow the progress of Team Player's throughout the weekend by logging on to the team's web site at. They can also watch the race live on The Sports Network starting at 7:30 a.m. (ET) on Saturday.

<pre> WEEKEND SCHEDULE

Local time Eastern time (- 6) Saturday, Sept. 15 CART warm-up 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 3:30 a.m. 4:30 a.m. CART race 1:30 p.m. 7:30 a.m.

-Player's

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Alex Tagliani , Tony Kanaan