CHAMPCAR/CART: Surfers Paradise: HVM Racing Friday report

Fabrizio Del Monte, ...

Fabrizio Del Monte, #4 CTE Racing-HVM/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone

Fabrizio on the Day: "Wow, it was a challenging first day because of the unpredictable track conditions due to the rain that we had on and off all day. This is an incredible event to make my debut with this team and also the debut of CTE Racing! I took advantage of the slower pace out there today due to the weather to really learn the circuit. It is a challenging yet very fast circuit and I am really looking forward to competing on it when it is dry. Everything that I have experienced so far this week has been incredible and I am looking forward to wrapping up the weekend with a solid performance."

Rodolfo Lavin, #55 Corona/HVM/Lola/Ford-Cosworth/Bridgestone

Rodolfo on the Day: "Our results today do not show our potential. As for everyone, the conditions were challenging with the weather. These are they types of days where it is very important for the driver to provide good communication with the engineer. Michael (Cannon) and I worked together to make the decision of when to run, how much to run. In some ways it's a gamble because you certainly don't want to waste your resources, meaning the tires on a clear track that is still drying and going to get better. On the other hand, we knew it would be busy at the end of the session and this track is notorious for late session incidents, so that is the way it goes. I am looking forward to nice weather tomorrow because we are certainly on the right track with the car and I am excited to see how we compare in better conditions."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Rodolfo Lavin
Teams HVM Racing