Testing sessions continue as Player's CART Team searches for successor to Greg Moore LEE BENTHAM FEELS HE "RESPONDED TO THE CHALLENGE" AFTER COMPLETING TWO-DAY TESTING SESSION AT SEBRING Sebring, Florida, October 2, 1999 - Lee Bentham, of ...
Testing sessions continue as Player's CART Team searches for successor to Greg Moore
LEE BENTHAM FEELS HE "RESPONDED TO THE CHALLENGE" AFTER COMPLETING TWO-DAY TESTING SESSION AT SEBRING
Sebring, Florida, October 2, 1999 - Lee Bentham, of Newmarket, Ont., one of three drivers in the running to replace Greg Moore on the Player's CART Team for the 2000 FedEx Championship season, wrapped up his two-day testing session today and left the 1.65-mile Sebring road course feeling positive about the experience.
"There were a lot of things to do in the last two days but I feel that I handled the sessions well and responded to the challenge," said Bentham, who won the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship with the Player's team in 1998 and finished sixth in the just-concluded 1999 season. "I'm pleased that I was one of the three drivers invited to test for Greg's position and I hope that I was able to take advantage of the opportunity that was presented."
Bentham clocked a fast lap of 52.6 seconds during the sessions, using five sets of tires. Like Tagliani, he drove about 225 miles over the two-day period.
"Overall, it was two good days of testing that came off without a hitch," said American Alex Timmermans, an engineer with the Player's CART team. "Lee impressed us with his consistency on the track."
With the second two-day testing session completed, Neil Micklewright, Vice-President - Operations for the Player's CART Team, who is overseeing the tests, expressed his satisfaction with the way the sessions have unfolded thus far.
"Conducting these tests requires some adjustments to the cars - things like the seat, the pedals, seat belts, steering wheel, gear shift and head rest - so that each of the drivers is comfortable with the equipment," explained Micklewright. "The Player's team has really put in a superb effort to provide the best possible conditions for these drivers who are taking part in such an important event for their career advancement."
Alexandre Tagliani, of Lachenaie, Que., Bentham's teammate on the Player's Atlantic team, was the first of the three drivers to go through two days of testing - he was on the Sebring track last Thursday. Toronto's David Empringham, a former Indy Lights champion with the Player's team and the third driver invited to test for the vacant ride, will be on the track on Sunday and Monday.