CHAMPCAR/CART: Road America: Extra push-to-pass allowed

Champ Car World Series to Provide Additional Push-to-Pass Time to Drivers Exclusively for Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America ELKHART LAKE Wis., (August 8, 2004) -- The new push-to-pass feature introduced on the Ford-Cosworth XFE engines...

Champ Car World Series to Provide Additional Push-to-Pass Time to Drivers Exclusively for Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America

ELKHART LAKE Wis., (August 8, 2004) -- The new push-to-pass feature introduced on the Ford-Cosworth XFE engines powering the Champ Car World Series has provided enhanced passing opportunities for the drivers of the series, giving an extra boost to the drivers as they navigate the tricky circuits of the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.

The push-to-pass feature gives drivers 60 seconds of extra boost to use at their discretion, with a press of the button yielding approximately 50 extra horsepower by temporarily elevating the boost pressure in the engine.

This weekend's Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America Presented by the Chicago Tribune, however , provides a different challenge not only for the drivers, but for the engineers that spend their days finding the fastest way around the 4.048-mile Road America layout. The long straightaways can devour the 60-second allotment of boost in a few laps, leading Champ Car officials to introduce a one-time increase of 15 seconds to the push-to-pass reservoir.

"Our intent is to offer an extra element of excitement and provide great racing for the fans," said Executive Vice-President of Champ Car Operations John Lopes. "The Road America circuit provides a unique set of opportunities for passing, and we wanted to make sure that we provided the ability for drivers to take advantage of those opportunities."

The push-to-pass feature is available when the Champ Cars are at full throttle, and with the long straightaways of Road America, the time the turbocharged machines spend at max revs is much greater than at most other tracks.

"The length of the most prolonged full-throttle run on this track is 16 seconds, which means that with our normal levels, drivers would only have four pushes at their disposal," said Champ Car Electronics Manager Kevin Vander Laan. "What we are doing in essence allows for one additional push."

The increase will be in effect for the Road America event only, and will revert back to the 60-second level for next weekend's Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver.

-ccws

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