CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Player's Road America test

Paul Tracy and Team Player's pleased with "good balance and set-up" in Road America testing session. Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, June 26, 2003 Team Player's driver Paul Tracy, the current leader in the Champ Car World Series drivers' standings, ...

Paul Tracy and Team Player's pleased with "good balance and set-up" in Road America testing session.

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, June 26, 2003 Team Player's driver Paul Tracy, the current leader in the Champ Car World Series drivers' standings, was among 12 drivers taking part Thursday in a testing session on the venerable Road America course, site of the August 3 race in the series.

"We really covered the board in terms of what we needed to do," said Todd Malloy, the chief engineer for Tracy's No. 3 car. " We worked mainly on aerodynamic components specific to the Road America track. We tried different shock absorbers/dampers and got some quality information from the session.

Most of the contending teams in the series were on hand for the session. Tracy ran 27 laps, covering 110 miles, on the equivalent of two fuel stints, a simulation of the pit frequency during the race on the 4.048 road course, where Tracy has three career poles and two victories, most recently in 2000.

"It's always a lot of fun running laps on Road America, even testing laps," said Tracy, whose best lap on Thursday was one minute, 45.07 seconds, third fastest by the time Team Player's packed up for the day. "I'm happy with the balance of the car. We have a good set-up that I expect will enable us to run well when we come back here in August.

"The only disappointing thing about the session today was not putting in as many laps as we would have liked because of the punctures we sustained on the two rear tires," added Tracy. "We were only allowed the two sets of tires, so the punctures prematurely ended the session. But we couldn't do much about it."

On the strength of two consecutive podium finishes, including his second-place finish last weekend at Portland, Tracy has recaptured the lead in the drivers' standings, a 99-95 edge over Brazilian Bruno Junqueira.

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