Neither wind nor rain prevent Team Player's from putting in productive testing sessions on the Milwaukee Mile. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 10, 2002 With about half of the CART teams preparing for the Indianapolis 500, Team Player's joined the...
Neither wind nor rain prevent Team Player's from putting in productive testing sessions on the Milwaukee Mile.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 10, 2002 With about half of the CART teams preparing for the Indianapolis 500, Team Player's joined the other half of the field in devoting its attention over the past few days to testing sessions on the Milwaukee Mile oval, the site of the next race in the CART series on June 2.
"Our two-day session gave us a good simulation of what we can expect on the Milwaukee track even down to the wind conditions, because the wind was a factor on both days," said Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier, who ran a combined 250 laps during the sessions. "The wind made things tricky at times, especially trying to find the right line through the corners, since wind amplifies aerodynamic changes made to the car. But that's the kind of thing you might expect when we're racing in Milwaukee and on the Chicago oval later on this season. Overall, we were pleased with what we were able to accomplish in testing"
The two sessions provided Team Player's with the opportunity to work with the new aerodynamics package (wing configuration) that will be used for Milwaukee this year. It is the same package that was run on the oval tracks in England and Germany during the 2001 CART season, and while the new aerodynamics figure to give less drag, combined with less horsepower than last year, speeds on the Milwaukee oval should be about the same as they were in 2001.
Team Player's was originally scheduled to begin its two-day testing session on Wednesday but rain washed out the session. The rain persisted into Thursday morning, but Carpentier was able to run laps in the afternoon before putting in a full day on Friday. As Carpentier put the Champ car through its paces, the Team Player's crew worked on aerodynamic balance, springs and dampers, gear-box adjustments and set-ups for both Milwaukee and Chicago.
"I'm very happy with the progress in these sessions," said Team Player's technical director Bruce Ashmore. "Although the wind made it difficult for driving and finding the proper set-ups, it could prove to be advantageous for since we have now have a strong base line of data specifically for this track. Testing here is also helpful in getting rid of any electronic and mechanical gremlins now instead of on race weekends. Being able to test on a track you'll be racing on in less than a month is a plus. The team will be ready for Milwaukee and for Chicago."
With testing for these ovals completed, Team Player's will now focus its attention on road-course testing, with sessions scheduled on the Mid-Ohio track on May 20-21. Carpentier will test on May 20 while his teammate Alex Tagliani will run laps on both days.