CHAMPCAR/CART: Zhuhai Int'l Circuit - DP01 debut summary

Champ Car makes its debut at Zhuhai International Circuit On 30th November 2006, the latest Panoz DP01 Champ Car made its first runs at the Zhuhai International Circuit (ZIC) in front of hundreds of officials, guests and reporters. The car was...

Champ Car makes its debut at Zhuhai International Circuit

On 30th November 2006, the latest Panoz DP01 Champ Car made its first runs at the Zhuhai International Circuit (ZIC) in front of hundreds of officials, guests and reporters.

The car was transported to ZIC to help launch the Champ Car World Series (CCWS) event at the venue, the event will be held from 19th to 20th May 2007. Zhuhai Vice-Mayor Ms. Deng Qun-Fang, FASC vice-chairman Wan He-Ping, Zhuhai Sports Council chairman He Qing-Ming, ZIC Board Director Mr. Huang Gong-Bo, Champ Car World Series President and CEO Mr. Steve Johnson, Champ Car World Series' representative in China, Formula Racing China's Mr. Elliot Friedman and test driver Roberto Moreno were all present to give their support for the forthcoming event.

Zhuhai vice mayor Ms. Deng, along with FASC vice-chairman Mr. Wan, expressed their sincerest welcome to the CCWS.

ZIC Board Director Mr. Huang said, "ZIC has worked very hard to bring CCWS to Zhuhai and they will be made very welcome here. In addition, ZIC will strive to bring more top level motorsport events to China."

Mr. Friedman said, "Champcar has had nearly 100 years' motorsport history and next year, it will race in China for the first time. We are very excited about this opportunity and hope to bring unprecedented excitement to the Chinese motorsport fans."

After the speeches came the moment that everyone has been dreaming of: a Champ Car lapping the Zhuhai International Circuit. Brazilian former F1 and Champ Car driver Roberto Moreno drove the DP01 onto the track and gently started lapping the circuit.

The American built single-seater, powered by a Ford Cosworth 2.65 litre V8 turbo engine and driven by former F1 and Champ Car driver, Roberto Moreno, lapped the circuit in 1:23.612 seconds, setting a new lap record at ZIC. A full 10 seconds faster than the previous lap record set by Karun Chandhok in qualifying for the Formula Asia V6 by Renault 1:30.033.

Roberto Moreno said, "I have driven in Macau before but I have never been to Zhuhai. This is my first time in China and it is a real honour to be here. It is very nice to drive on this circuit and I feel very positive about the race next year."

The Champ Car World Series is scheduled to be held at Zhuhai International Circuit from 19th to 20th May in 2007.

-credit: zic

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Roberto Moreno , Karun Chandhok , Steve Johnson
Teams Formula Racing