CHAMPCAR/CART: Tora top Toyota at Laguna Seca test

INDIANAPOLIS, February 16, 2001 -- Walker Racing rookie driver Tora Takagi continued his speedy adjustment to the CART FedEx Championship cars and race tracks and posted the fastest lap of all Toyota-powered drivers at a well-attended CART test at...

INDIANAPOLIS, February 16, 2001 -- Walker Racing rookie driver Tora Takagi continued his speedy adjustment to the CART FedEx Championship cars and race tracks and posted the fastest lap of all Toyota-powered drivers at a well-attended CART test at Laguna Seca Raceway on Feb. 13 - 15.

Tora piloted the #5 Pioneer/DENSO Special/Toyota Reynard to an unofficial best lap of 67.97 seconds around the 2.238-mile permanent road course on Thursday. The reigning Formula Nippon Champion found the tricky Laguna Seca race course much to his liking.

"The Corkscrew felt just like a jet coaster and climbing the hill is just like driving into the sky!" said Tora. "I am fairly happy to prove my speed with this three-day test where there were a lot of drivers present. We still have room for improvement and I am eager to continue learning the Champ Car."

Tora's quick lap was the third fastest of all drivers on Thursday, and he suffered only one major off on Feb. 15. Tora logged a total of 192 laps and 429 miles during the three-day session that was attended by more than 14 CART drivers.

"The one thing that impresses us most about Tora is that he is very quick to learn each new track that we go to, and he's fast at each of them too," said Team Manager Rob Edwards. "When we get the car right, he is as quick as anyone out there. We're looking ahead to our next test at Texas, where Tora will get a chance to run on a fast oval. We'll also be working on race condition running and pit stops there to make sure we're ready for the first race of the season in March."

The Walker Racing team will test next at Texas Motor Speedway on Feb. 21 -- 22.

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