Monterey, California, February 6, 2002 With just over a month until the start of the 2002 season, Team Player's drivers Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani get the chance to measure their off-season progress when they take part in this weekend's...
Monterey, California, February 6, 2002 With just over a month until the start of the 2002 season, Team Player's drivers Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani get the chance to measure their off-season progress when they take part in this weekend's CART Sneak Preview on the 2.238-mile Laguna Seca road course. At least 20 cars are expected to be on the track for two daily testing sessions of 2½ hours on both Saturday and Sunday.
"Up to now, most of our off-season testing sessions have been with only a few teams and drivers sharing the track with us, so the Sneak Preview is a great opportunity to find out where we are in relation to our off-season testing program," said Carpentier. "Naturally, it's not going to have the intensity of a race weekend, but it still gets your competitive juices flowing and gets you back into the racing mode again."
Thus far, Carpentier and his teammate Alex Tagliani have both had two separate off-season testing sessions four days each. Carpentier has tested on road courses at Sebring and Homestead, while both of Tagliani's sessions were on the Sebring road circuit.
"Our first two races on the schedule are both on road courses, so it's good that we'll be running on a track like Laguna for this year's Sneak Preview," stated Tagliani. "In those two days on the track, we're going to be able to put the car to a thorough test and get loads of information that Team Player's can use for its final season preparations over these next few weeks."
Racing fans who would like to converse with Carpentier and Tagliani can do so through web chats that have been set up with the two drivers. The Carpentier web chat is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, Feb. 7, while Tagliani will be available from 8:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. The web chats can be accessed by logging on to www.teamplayers.ca.