Smooth Arizona track produces seamless testing sessions for Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier. Phoenix, Arizona, April 8, 2003 A two-day testing session at the Arizona Motorsports Park road course left Team Player's driver Patrick ...
Smooth Arizona track produces seamless testing sessions for Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier.
Phoenix, Arizona, April 8, 2003 A two-day testing session at the Arizona Motorsports Park road course left Team Player's driver Patrick Carpentier impressed with the track and the productive outcome of running laps on the new 2.2-mile road-course layout.
"It's one of the smoothest tracks that I've ever run on," said Carpentier, who shared the facilities with a half-dozen other Champ Car World Series drivers and clocked fast laps in the 1 minute, 13.27-second range, the quickest along with Adrian Fernandez. "The smoothness of the track might not simulate the facilities at Long Beach for our next race, but the testing sessions we had over the last two days will help us on other tracks that we'll be racing on during the season."
Carpentier put in about 65 laps each day, returning to the pits frequently so that the Team Player's crew could work on such aspects as aerodynamics and brake-related components. Team Player's took possession of a brand new Lola for the session and conducted a shakedown of the car during testing. The new Lola will likely be used as the backup car for the race in Long Beach this Sunday.
"Monday was a really good day of testing," remarked Carpentier, who was on the track for the first time since March 23 in Mexico, site of the second race of the season in the Champ Car World Series. Carpentier was ill with a viral infection for most of that weekend, but he has since fully recovered. "It had been a while since we'd had a totally problem-free day of testing, so that was a lot of fun. Also, it was good to have the engineering crews of both cars (Carpentier's and his teammate Paul Tracy) at the same session. The more brainpower you have, the more things you can find with the car, and that might help to give us an edge on race weekend."
Carpentier, who has a pair of eighth-place finishes in the first two races of the season, for eighth place in the drivers' standings, said he is getting more accustomed to the Lola chassis Team Player's used the Reynard chassis prior to this season with every lap that he runs.
"That's another reason why this type of testing session is so beneficial the more laps you're able to put in with this Lola chassis, the more routine it becomes, so that there is a natural feel to the car," added Carpentier. "It adds to my confidence for the race in Long Beach, where I believe Team Player's can really do well."
Carpentier 's teammate Paul Tracy, who will be testing on the Portland road course on April 15-16 while he tests on the Homestead Oval April 16-17, is heading to Long Beach this weekend on the strength of victories in the first two races of the season. Team Player's is seeking to make it three straight wins for the first time in its history.