CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Player's Carpentier completes Sebring testing

Sebring, Florida, January 12, 2001 - Team Player's continues to make excellent progress in FedEx CART Championship off-season testing, as driver Patrick Carpentier completed a two-day run Thursday, putting in 213 laps on the 1.64-mile Sebring road...

Sebring, Florida, January 12, 2001 - Team Player's continues to make excellent progress in FedEx CART Championship off-season testing, as driver Patrick Carpentier completed a two-day run Thursday, putting in 213 laps on the 1.64-mile Sebring road course.

It was the second testing session in a one-week span for Carpentier, who has been testing not only the new 2001 Player's Reynard but also his left wrist that he fractured early last season and on which he underwent surgery several weeks ago to remove a metal plate.

"I can say that things are going really well on both fronts," said Carpentier. "We learned a lot about the car in this testing session and I was very pleased with the way it handled. As for the wrist, the fact that these testing sessions came so close together, it was a bit like running under racing schedule circumstances and my wrist caused me no problems at all."

Phil LePan, the Canadian-born Team Player's manager, said there have been no setbacks, either for Carpentier, or for the Player's Reynard.

"On the first day of testing, Patrick needed a little time to get back into the saddle, but on the second day he was much stronger, getting right up to speed," remarked LePan. "Over the two days, we made some solid advancements with the car, to the point where we're exactly where we want to be at this stage of the off-season.

"Mechanically, the car is running really well. Both Team Player's technical director Bruce Ashmore and technical advisor Tony Cicale were on hand for the two-day sessions, and from a team-building standpoint, it was very productive. Everyone is working well together."

Carpentier's teammate Alex Tagliani, who had his first off-season testing session a few weeks ago, will be returning to the track on Monday, at the California Speedway in Fontana.

Next week is an active one for the Team Player's drivers as they take part in the FedEx CART Championship Sneak Preview, an off-season media event. In conjunction with Sneak Preview week, Carpentier will take part in a live chat on the Team Player's web site (www.teamplayers.ca) at 7 p.m. (Eastern time) on Monday night, while Tagliani will be the guest at the same time on Tuesday evening. The two Team Player's drivers will also be available for telephone interviews with media representatives on Tuesday through Thursday.

-Player's Racing Team

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Bruce Ashmore