CHAMPCAR/CART: Rookie Bourdais fastest Lausitz practice

CHAMPCAR/CART: Rookie Bourdais fastest Lausitz practice

Newman/Haas rookie sensation Sebastien Bourdais has impressed many with his technique and driving abilities in the opening rounds of the CART Champ Car World Series, capping it with his first career win at Brands Hatch ...

Newman/Haas rookie sensation Sebastien Bourdais has impressed many with his technique and driving abilities in the opening rounds of the CART Champ Car World Series, capping it with his first career win at Brands Hatch last weekend.

S?bastien Bourdais.
Photo by John Francis.
The reigning FIA F3000 champion's first taste of oval racing began today at the Lausitz EuroSpeedway in Germany. Bourdais debut was in fine fashion by not only leading the rookie practice, but also set the fastest time during one and only practice session prior to this morning's later qualifying.

Driving the No. 2 Lilly Lola, Bourdais best time was 67.794 seconds at a speed of 197.934 mph. Second fastest at 0.088 seconds slower than his teammate was Bruno Junqueira in the No. 1 PacificCare Lola at a speed of 197.462 mph.

Mario Dominguez continued to display why he is the Champ Car 2002 Rookie-of-the-Year by posting the third fastest speed at 195.890 mph. Herdez Competition brought onboard veteran Roberto Moreno, not to only drive the new second team car, but to also mentor young Dominguez which has paid off in the early start of the season. Moreno's best lap put him ninth fastest this morning.

Points leader and race winner of the first three rounds, Paul Tracy did not have a good morning. The loss of the shock cover in the No. 3 Team Player's Lola entering turn one brought out a caution and brought out the team's backup car. Tracy ended in the 12th spot at a speed of 193.285 mph just slightly slower than teammate Patrick Carpentier.

Rocketsports Racing's Alex Tagliani top the chart at 195.564 mph for the fourth fastest practice speed. Michel Jourdain continued his top form so far this year with a fifth fastest time. The Team Rahal driver traveled at 195.344 mph.

Rookie Darren Manning has proved Derrick Walker made an excellent choice as Manning continues to improve each race. His debut on an oval netted him sixth fastest this morning. His best lap was at 195.119 mph.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Bruno Junqueira , Roberto Moreno , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Mario Dominguez , Sébastien Bourdais , Michel Jourdain