SURFERS PARADISE, AUSTRALIA, October 24, 2003 - Team PF Racing drivers Paul Tracy and Patrick Carpentier completed their first two practice sessions this morning in preparation for Sunday's Lexmark Indy 300 at Surfers Paradise in ...
SURFERS PARADISE, AUSTRALIA, October 24, 2003 - Team PF Racing drivers Paul Tracy and Patrick Carpentier completed their first two practice sessions this morning in preparation for Sunday's Lexmark Indy 300 at Surfers Paradise in Australia.
Fastest in the first practice, Tracy finished sixth overall with a lap time of 1 minute 36.150 seconds around the 4.498-kilometre (2.795-mile) temporary street course. He averaged 168.416 km/h.
"The car was quick right out of the box, and we set our fastest lap of the first session very early,'' said Tracy. ''The track was three seconds and again I posted my fastest time on lap three. Unfortunately, I hit the ciment wall on the following circuit coming out of turn 2, and damaged the left front suspension. It's disappointing, but the team will be able to fix it up in time for qualifying, even though there is a lot of work to do.''
His teammate Carpentier was next in seventh position with a lap time of 1 minute 36.478 seconds (167.843 km/h).
"We spent quite a bit of time in the pits at the start of the second session as the team had to change a gear that was too tall,'' said Carpentier. ''We only ran eight laps and on my fastest one, I was stuck behind a slow car in the esses. So I think that the car is much quicker that the results show. The organizers have removed the curbs at the esses and that portion is much better. We should make progress during qualifying.''
Fastest of the 19 drivers entered for Round 18 of the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series was Adrian Fernandez with a lap time of 1 minute 34.836 seconds (170.749 km/h). The Mexican driver posted his quickest time at the end of the session, edging Canadian Alex Tagliani (1:33,289) by three tenths of a second. Third fastest was Oriol Servia of Spain (1:35.366), followed by Brazilian Bruno Junqueira (1:35.730) and his teammate, Sebastien Bourdais of France (1:36.037).
Drivers will return on track for the first qualifying session beginning at 3:00 p.m. locaI time (1:00 a.m. Eastern Time Friday). A second report on today's activities will follow.