Cicero, Illinois, July 28, 2000 Alex Tagliani and Patrick Carpentier of Team Player's clocked the 11th-and 14th-fastest laps respectively in today's practice session on the 1.029-mile oval for Sunday's Target Grand Prix of Chicago, the 12th...
Cicero, Illinois, July 28, 2000 Alex Tagliani and Patrick Carpentier of Team Player's clocked the 11th-and 14th-fastest laps respectively in today's practice session on the 1.029-mile oval for Sunday's Target Grand Prix of Chicago, the 12th race of the season on the FedEx CART Championship schedule.
Rookie Kenny Brack of Sweden was the quickest to make his way around the short oval, recording a time of 22.557 seconds (164.224 miles per hour), just over a tenth of a second faster than Brazil's Cristiano da Matta.
Tagliani shaved more than half a second off his time in the morning practice session, where he posted the 18th-quickest lap.
"During the second session, the Team Player's crew made some changes on the mapping of the engine and then they made some adjustments on the wings, and that helped to produce a faster time," said Tagliani, who turned his quick lap in 22.901 seconds (161.757 mph). "At the end of the session, the car set-up was working well and we did our quick laps on old tires. The main thing is that we'll be in the quick group tomorrow and I expect we'll do even better on new tires."
The Player's Reynard of Carpentier was the fastest on the track in the early part of the afternoon session after he put in a quick lap of 22.989 seconds (161.138 mph) on lap 11 of 41 that he ran with the primary car. However, a mechanical problem developed with the No. 1 car and Carpentier had to resort to the back-up.
"The back-up just didn't feel as comfortable as the primary car, and we weren't able to improve on the time we recorded early in the session," remarked Carpentier. "The important thing is that we did all of our race set-ups with the primary car. The only thing I'm a little disappointed about is that we weren't able to run quick laps so that we could be in the fast group tomorrow morning."
So far this season, Carpentier has delivered some outstanding performances, regardless of where he qualifies on the starting grid. In the eight races in which he has competed, he has either matched or improved on his starting position in all but one of them. He has collected points in seven of his eight starts and produced five finishes in the top 5, enabling him to leap 11 positions in the drivers' standings in the last six races.
Racing fans can follow the progress of Team Player's in Saturday's qualifying session by logging on to the web site at www.teamplayers.ca. They can also watch the Target Grand Prix of Chicago live on The Sports Network at 4 p.m. (ET) on Sunday.