CHAMPCAR/CART: Trio of teams trek toward testing

INDIANAPOLIS (January 6, 2003) - With the 2002 holidays behind them, teams vying for the 2003 Vanderbilt Cup are starting to get serious as on-track preparations for the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season will...

INDIANAPOLIS (January 6, 2003) - With the 2002 holidays behind them, teams vying for the 2003 Vanderbilt Cup are starting to get serious as on-track preparations for the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season will get underway this week.

Three of CART's teams will head to Florida to get a jump on the competition as testing will open up this week at Sebring International Raceway, which will be the site of this year's Spring Training testing in February.

Newman/Haas Racing will test with reigning FIA F3000 champion Sebastien Bourdais as the team continues to audition pilots for a second seat alongside 2002 CART runner-up Bruno Junqueira, while Dale Coyne Racing will give rookie Joel Camathias some seat time with two days of testing in the team's Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone. Herdez Competition will also test with Champ Car veteran Roberto Moreno as the team forges on with its hopes to run a two-car team in 2003 with Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year Award winner Mario Dominguez. Moreno will be testing in place of Dominguez at Sebring as the 27-year-old Dominguez continues to recover from off-season shoulder surgery.

Testing is scheduled on the Florida road course for Thursday and Friday. The balance of the 2003 Champ Car World Series field will be in Sebring for three days of Spring Training testing February 4-6, with the festivities being preceded by a day of media activities in St. Petersburg - site of the 2003 season opener - on Monday February 3.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Joel Camathias , Bruno Junqueira , Roberto Moreno , Mario Dominguez , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing