Portland, Oregon, April 19, 2000 Hours after finishing a highly respectable fourth in last Sunday's Grand Prix of Long Beach, Team Player's rookie Alex Tagliani headed to Oregon for a two-day testing session on the 1.969-mile Portland...
Portland, Oregon, April 19, 2000 Hours after finishing a highly respectable fourth in last Sunday's Grand Prix of Long Beach, Team Player's rookie Alex Tagliani headed to Oregon for a two-day testing session on the 1.969-mile Portland International Raceway road course.
Team Player's, which shared the circuit with Rahal's Kenny Brack on Tuesday and Max Papis on Wednesday, used the sessions to fine-tune the set-ups on its Champ cars in preparation for the June 25 race in Portland, the eighth event of the FedEx CART Championship season.
"Tuesday was practically a wash-out," said Tagliani. "Twice, we had to contend with some mechanical problems and we were able to put in only a handful of laps. But that's OK because I would much rather we handle the problem in testing than have it come up while the race is on. But today was much more productive. By noon, we had already run more than 30 laps and we planned to put in about 60 more in the afternoon. Everything is going according to schedule. Early in the afternoon, the team tried out a new suspension and then we conducted some tire tests for Firestone.
"I'm pleased with the improvements that we've made with the Player's car so far and I'm happy with my own progress as a rookie driver," added Tagliani, who put in about 100 laps over the two-day period. "I have a great rapport with my engineer, Alex Timmermans, and that's helped us to make the in-depth adjustments that we wanted to try out. We left Long Beach atop the CART rookie standings and I'm determined to stay up there all year."
Carpentier returns home
Patrick Carpentier will be back at his Las Vegas home on Thursday to begin a rehabilitation program on the left wrist that he fractured a week ago. After missing the race at Long Beach, Carpentier will also be sidelined for the Rio 200 in Brazil on April 30, as he undergoes physiotherapy sessions aimed at getting him back behind the wheel as soon as possible.
"I'm going to be shuttling between Las Vegas and Indianapolis for the next few weeks to continue my rehabilitation under the supervision of Dr. Terry Trammell of the CART series," said Carpentier. "Right now, they aren't sure when the cast will be taken off, but I should be able to start working out on the track driving a kart by Monday, May 1."
Meanwhile, Alex Tagliani and Memo Gidley of Team Player's will be back in action on Friday, April 28, on the Emerson Fittipaldi Speedway oval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for Round 3 on the CART schedule.