Tracy on fact-finding mission as Team Player's runs testing laps on smooth but slick Arizona Motorsports Park Road Course Phoenix, Arizona, June 9, 2003 - Team Player's driver Paul Tracy had the Arizona Motorsports Park road course all to...
Tracy on fact-finding mission as Team Player's runs testing laps on smooth but slick Arizona Motorsports Park Road Course
Phoenix, Arizona, June 9, 2003 - Team Player's driver Paul Tracy had the Arizona Motorsports Park road course all to himself Monday for one of the testing sessions allotted Champ Car World Series teams during the course of the season. The team used the session mainly as an opportunity to test parts rather than run laps in preparation for a specific track on the schedule.
"Basically, we're just hunters and gatherers in this testing session," explained Tracy, who has won three races this season and is currently in second place in the drivers' standings. "We're looking at data, collecting information and making changes as we go along."
Tracy's teammate Patrick Carpentier tested on this same track in early April, and his session provided Team Player's with a good gear-ratio base for the 60-70 laps that Tracy ran on Monday. By design, there were no long runs and a good deal of the testing time was spent trying out different front wings and variations on the differential. Changes to the undertray were conducted in the afternoon session.
"It's important not to have too much down time when you have just the one- day testing session," said Team Player's manager Phil LePan. "We wanted to make sure that we maximized our time and went through everything we wanted to do. We'll do some work on the car here tomorrow and then head to Laguna Seca on Wednesday."
When Carpentier tested on the Arizona road course, he described it as one of the smoothest he had ever run on, and Tracy was largely impressed by the facility after he had the opportunity to put in laps on Monday.
"It's a nice track," he remarked. "I found it smooth and easy on the tires. But because I was the only one out there, it was quite slick because there wasn't much rubber set down. Obviously, the conditions weren't conducive to any track records. We had two sets of tires for the day and we were running harder tires than the ones Patrick used at his session."
Tracy and Carpentier, who is the only Champ Car World Series driver to have completed every lap so far this season, return to action on the technically demanding Laguna Seca road course this weekend in Monterey, California, for Round 7 of the series.