Montreal, Quebec, January 16, 2003 - With the start of the 2003 Champ Car World Series less than six weeks away, drivers Patrick Carpentier and Paul Tracy are looking at an intensive schedule as they work to develop the new Lola chassis...
Montreal, Quebec, January 16, 2003 - With the start of the 2003 Champ Car World Series less than six weeks away, drivers Patrick Carpentier and Paul Tracy are looking at an intensive schedule as they work to develop the new Lola chassis that Team Player's will be using this season.
Carpentier will be the first to conduct testing sessions when he takes to the Firebird road course in Phoenix on Friday and Saturday (January 17-18).
"Because of the testing delay imposed by CART in order to provide an equal opportunity to teams that recently joined the series, we weren't able to run testing sessions before the Christmas holidays, as we did in the past," explained Carpentier. "Still, Paul and I will be entitled to seven days of testing each prior to the start of the season, and that should give us sufficient time to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the new engine- chassis package."
Carpentier has spent much of the off-season making the trek between Las Vegas and his hometown of Joliette, where he took advantage of Quebec's ideal winter conditions to do some snowmobiling.
Carpentier's teammate, Paul Tracy, will turn his first laps with Team Player's a few days later (January 20-21) on the Sebring road circuit. Sebring is also the site of this year's CART spring training sessions, February 4-6, when all of the teams in the series will run officially timed laps. Prior to spring training, the CART teams will gather at Laguna Seca (January 25-26) for untimed testing sessions.
"I'm really looking forward to putting on my new driver's suit and getting to know my engineers and mechanics," said Tracy. "I've been training on the road bike almost every day for the last two months - on the twisty terrain of Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas - and I'm raring to go. We have a lot of work to do before the season starts, but I'm confident that Team Player's will be up to the challenge."
The 2003 season marks CART's 25th year of competition. There are 19 races on this year's schedule, including three in Canada with the Molson Indy events held in Toronto (July 13), Vancouver (July 27) and Montreal (Sept. 7).