CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Player's Gold Coast Friday practice report

Round Twenty of the CART FedEx Championship Series Final Results of the First Day of Practice for the Honda Indy 300 Surfers Paradise, Australia, October 26, 2001 - A light rain fell throughout the second test session today in Australia as Team...

Round Twenty of the CART FedEx Championship Series

Final Results of the First Day of Practice for the Honda Indy 300 Surfers Paradise, Australia, October 26, 2001 - A light rain fell throughout the second test session today in Australia as Team Player's drivers Alex Tagliani and Patrick Carpentier, as well as most of the other CART drivers, did not venture out on the surfers paradise street course during the afternoon session.

Carpentier, who had a slight off-track excursion 20 minutes into the morning session but continued on without discernible damage to the car, didn't feel it was necessary to go out during the second session. Said Carpentier, "Team Player's decided to leave the cars in the garage area because of the wet conditions. Forecast calls for clear and dry for the rest of the weekend and we have 75 minutes on Saturday morning to set up the cars." With his time posted earlier in the day, he finished 7th overall with a time of 1 minute 39.143 seconds (163.327 km/h).

"We've been doing so well on street courses that we feel confident for tomorrow's qualifying session," said Tagliani who stands 15th overall with a best lap time of 1 minute 44.725 seconds (154.622 km/h).

Only three drivers, Casey Mears, Tony Kanaan and Christian Fittipaldi, posted times in the afternoon's session with rookie Mears the quickest with a lap time of 1 minute 57.751 seconds. Mears was more than 20 seconds off the pace set in the morning by Jimmy Vasser at 1 minute 36.911 seconds. The American driver averaged 167.089 km/h around the 4.998-kilometre (2.795-mile) Surfers Paradise street course. Second quickest of the day were Brazilian Helio Castroneves (1:36.997) and Mexican Adrian Fernandez (1:37.442).

All 26 drivers entered for Round 20 of the CART FedEx Series will return on track Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. Australia Time (8:00 p.m. Eastern Time Friday) for the third practice session of the weekend. Qualifying for Sunday's Honda Indy 300 will start at 1:45 p.m. Australia Time (11:45 p.m. Eastern Time Friday). Both Team Player's drivers will qualify with the fastest group.

News Editors- Television
A Visual Clip From Monterey Will Be Sent Via Satellite Following The Day'S Events, Friday, Saturday And Sunday

Friday, 26 Oct. 26, 2001
Time: 11:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. (Eastern Time)
Satellite: Galaxy 11 K14 D/L Freq. 11980 Vertical Pole

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001
Time: 11:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. (Eastern Time)
Satellite: Galaxy 11 K13 D/L Freq. 11960 Horizontal Pole

Sunday,  Oct. 28, 2001

Time: 11:00 A.M. - 11:30 A.M. (Eastern Time)
Satellite: Galaxy 11 K13 D/L Freq. 11960 Horizontal Pole

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Casey Mears , Helio Castroneves , Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Christian Fittipaldi , Tony Kanaan