CHAMPCAR/CART: Team P.R.G. finishes first test of season

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Team P.R.G. concluded its first test of the 2001 season last week at Laguna Seca Raceway, in Monterey, Calif., with both drivers Luiz Garcia Jr. and rookie Michael Krumm. Both shared driving duties in the Reynard-Phoenix and...

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Team P.R.G. concluded its first test of the 2001 season last week at Laguna Seca Raceway, in Monterey, Calif., with both drivers Luiz Garcia Jr. and rookie Michael Krumm.

Both shared driving duties in the Reynard-Phoenix and together completed a total of 380 miles. They not only shared the racecar and information, but times as well as both were in the mid 10s at the permanent California road course.

"I've been waiting for this moment to fire up for a while," said Garcia. "This is a great feeling and I also can't wait for the season to begin. I had a spin down the corkscrew, but otherwise things were fine. It's a shame things are coming together so late. The cancellation of the Brazil race has surely hurt us as a team with our sponsors, but we are working hard to make up for it."

Krumm agreed and also talked about his first time behind the wheel of a Champ Car since a test for All-American Racers and the Arciero-Wells Racing team back in 1997.

"Although I haven't driven a Champ Car for some time, it was a lot of fun and brought back some good memories fast," said Krumm. "It was great to be back in one, but I had a lot to learn quickly."

Despite his unfamiliarity with the 2000 models of Champ Car, Krumm proved a quick learner of not only the car and its horsepower, but of the track as well.

"Obviously I had to change my approach as I'm used to driving a normally aspirated race car. You can feel the difference in a turbocharged engine. I have to hit the throttle and brakes earlier, but it's a lot of fun on the track.

"I'm really happy to be here in CART where I get to compete with some of the best drivers in the world."

Team owner Andreas Leberle indicated he was pleased with the results, especially with both drivers.

"It was nice to see both of them out there on the track sharing data, but we still have a lot of work to do. I believe both Luiz and Michael will do a fine job this season and once it gets under way the entire team will get in the rhythm."

-TeamPRG

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Krumm , Luiz Garcia