CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Player's testing in Portland and Homestead

Separate testing sessions for Carpentier and Tracy get team Player's ready for Europe and beyond. Homestead, Florida, April 17, 2003 With a short break in the Champ Car World Series schedule before races in England and Germany early next month,...

Separate testing sessions for Carpentier and Tracy get team Player's ready for Europe and beyond.

Homestead, Florida, April 17, 2003 With a short break in the Champ Car World Series schedule before races in England and Germany early next month, Team Player's drivers Patrick Carpentier and Paul Tracy used testing sessions in Homestead and Portland this week for some fine-tuning and preparatory work for future races.

Carpentier ran close to 300 laps during his two-day session that concluded Thursday on the 1.5-mile Homestead oval. He put in the laps using the same aerodynamics package front and rear wings and undertray - that, under Champ Car regulations, will be in effect for both of the European races on the road course in Brands Hatch, England and the super speedway at Eurospeedway in Lausitz, Germany.

"We were the only ones using the Homestead track and the testing that we did was, in some respects, almost like wind-tunnel testing, so that we could see how the aerodynamics package reacted to certain situations," said Carpentier. "The testing went really well, although the Homestead track isn't an exact simulation of the one in Germany, which has longer straights and tighter corners."

Carpentier expects that the aerodynamics package used on the Lausitz super speedway will lead to "pack" racing, much like it was on the Michigan super speedway, a venue where Carpentier earned the first Champ Car victory of his career, in 2001. "It's going to be really exciting for the fans," he added. "And it's going to be very interesting on the road course in Brands Hatch because we'll be using an new minimum pit-under-green format and single-car qualifying, like we would on an oval."

Tracy, who shared the Portland road course with 10 other Champ cars about half of the Champ Car World Series field encountered some rainy conditions at times. But he still managed to put in productive laps that will enable Team Player's to prepare for such road-course events as Portland and Laguna Seca that occur later in the season, as well as some fine-tuning for England and Germany.

"We had a great first day," remarked Tracy. "There were only some sprinkles of rain. We ran into some problems on the second day and we weren't able to run as many laps as we wanted to, so that's disappointing. But, it puts us in good shape for the races in Europe and for the one in Portland later in the season."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy