CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Players leaves Nazareth for trip to California

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, April 9, 2000 Team Player's drivers Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani awoke to a rather strange sight today, a few hours before the scheduled start of the Nazareth Grand Prix, the second race of the season in the...

Nazareth, Pennsylvania, April 9, 2000 Team Player's drivers Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani awoke to a rather strange sight today, a few hours before the scheduled start of the Nazareth Grand Prix, the second race of the season in the FedEx CART Championship.

A weather system that stalled in the Poconos deposited a few inches of snow in the region, forcing CART officials to announce the postponement of the race until May 27.

"The scene at the race track reminded me of when I was young, going out snowmobiling with my father," Carpentier remarked with a laugh. "It was the same kind of set-up here today. There was snow on the ground and people were wearing big winter jackets. Unfortunately, it wasn't the kind of conditions for a race car."

When the race is run on May 27, the qualifying grid that was established on Saturday will be in place, meaning that Carpentier will be on the outside of Row 5 and Tagliani on the inside of Row 7.

"I think it was a good decision to postpone the race until May 27, when the weather will be warmer, rather than trying to race tomorrow, for instance" said Carpentier. "The weather had an effect all weekend because it was very windy during the practice session and for qualifying on Saturday. Also, we've been using the backup car since Friday and we've had some problems with that, so the postponement will help us in that regard."

Tagliani, who was about to compete in the second CART race of his career, said he was disappointed when he saw the ground covered in white.

"What made it even more disappointing was that after yesterday's qualifying, my engineer Alex Timmermans and I sat down for a meeting and we developed a strategy for the race. I was highly motivated after that meeting and I was eager to put the strategy to work during the race."

Following the announcement of the race postponement, Team Player's packed up and headed for a warmer climate to California, where it will prepare for the Grand Prix of Long Beach, the third race on the CART schedule and the first street course event of the season, on April 16.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Alex Tagliani , Alex T Jones