CHAMPCAR/CART: Player's Racing Gateway practice report

Madison, Illinois, September 15, 2000 Driving what he described as "an excellent car", Team Player's driver Alex Tagliani recorded the seventh-quickest lap in today's practice session in preparation for the Motorola 300, the 17th race of the FedEx...

Madison, Illinois, September 15, 2000 Driving what he described as "an excellent car", Team Player's driver Alex Tagliani recorded the seventh-quickest lap in today's practice session in preparation for the Motorola 300, the 17th race of the FedEx CART Championship season, staged this Sunday on the 1.270-mile Gateway oval.

Tagliani's teammate Patrick Carpentier, who earned his first career CART podium on this circuit in 1997, had to switch between the primary and back-up car during today's practice run but was able to clock the 13th-quickest lap. The top time was recorded by Italy's Max Papis, who covered the distance in 25.859 seconds (176.805 miles per hour), a mere 1 one-hundredths of a second faster than Columbia's Juan Montoya.

"Team Player's spent the morning session working on qualifying set-ups and I got my quickest lap (26.046 seconds) in the second session," related Tagliani, who won the pole earlier this season on the oval in Rio de Janeiro. "We concentrated on race set-ups in the afternoon session but, unfortunately, there were too many stoppages because of yellow flags this afternoon. That made it hard to keep the momentum going. Still, overall, I'm quite happy with the results. It's easier to work and improve on the car when the basic set-ups are right, as they were this morning."

Carpentier, whose best finish this season came on an oval circuit third place in Milwaukee experienced problems with the primary car in the morning session, prompting him to resort to the back-up, the car in which he registered his fastest lap (26.461 seconds).

"Team Player's fixed the primary car during the lunch break, but another problem came up in the afternoon session," explained Carpentier. "Between switching cars and having too many yellows in the afternoon session, we simply lost too much time and we weren't able to run as quickly as we would have liked. I'm not worried, though. We'll look at what Alex has and make adjustments on our car, because he put in a faster time than I did today. We're hopeful for some improvement on our times tomorrow. I've always done well in qualifying on this track."

Carpentier has been in the top 5 in qualifying in two of the three races at Gateway, which is playing host to a CART race for the last time in 2000, since the event is not on next year's CART schedule.

Racing fans can track the progress of Team Player's this weekend by logging on to the web site at www.teamplayers.ca. They can also watch the Motorola 300 live on The Sports Network at 2:30 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.

Saturday, Sept. 16 CART practice 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.  10:30 a.m.
11:15 a.m.  CART practice 10:30 a.m.  11:15 a.m.  11:30 a.m. - 12:15
p.m.  CART qualifying 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 17 CART warm up 9:30 a.m.  10:00 a.m.  10:30 a.m. 11:00
a.m.  CART race 1:30 p.m.  2:30 p.m.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Max Papis , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani