1999 CART FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Manufacturer's Forum Molson Indy Toronto, Ontario, Canada Friday, July 16, 1999 Participants: PJ Jones, Patrick Racing, Ford Cosworth Richie Hearn, Della Penna Motorsports, ...
1999 CART FEDEX CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Manufacturer's Forum Molson Indy Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Friday, July 16, 1999
Participants: PJ Jones, Patrick Racing, Ford Cosworth Richie Hearn, Della Penna Motorsports, Toyota
Moderator: Mike Zizzo, Director of Media Relations, CART
ZIZZO: WELCOME TO THE MANUFACTURER'S FORUM. UNFORTUNATELY, AL UNSER JR. (MERCEDES-BENZ) and TONY KANAAN (HONDA) COULD NOT JOIN US TODAY. PJ AND RICHIE, COULD YOU PLEASE GIVE US AN OVERVIEW OF YOUR SEASONS SO FAR?
JONES: "We had some problems in the first couple of races, so since then I've been in a Swift, and Adrian Fernandez is in the Reynard. We can't help each other, or rely on each other's set ups. We had a few races where Adrian was having some difficulties. We had a second at Nazareth. Ever since Rio, we can't buy a break. We're having a little bit of trouble with the car, getting it set up. We probably aren't doing the testing we really need to be doing. We're struggling; we're behind the eight-ball with the car. Not that it's not a good car, but we just don't have a handle on it. We've struggled more on the permanent courses than we have on the temporary circuits. Hopefully, this weekend will be a little better for us."
HEARN: "It's been a tough first half of the season for us. We started with the Swift, but just couldn't make it work. We just didn't have the knowledge necessary to make that car run, and so we needed to make a change for the future. We switched to Reynard. It's made the season tough for us because we're starting all over. We just have to take our time and do what we can. This morning went okay. We could do well if we could get everything working at the right time. Scoring points the last couple of races has been good for team morale, and for myself. That's my goal for the rest of the year * to score points at every race. It's so competitive now, if you don't qualify in the top half of the field, you're really behind in the rest of the race."
ZIZZO: CAN EACH OF YOU TALK ABOUT THE CHALLENGES OF SWITCHING CHASSIS?
HEARN: "You're basically starting completely over. You can have all the knowledge and all the notes from last year, so we had all this stuff we thought we could use, but it just didn't work out. As a driver, you learn how to drive the car a certain way, but the new car is a little different, and all that goes out the window. It's one thing to switch in the winter, but switch in the middle of the season * it's pretty na