Champ Car teams to test at Mont-Tremblant Champ Car World Series teams are keeping busy during the break between the Houston and Portland races. After testing at Portland International Raceway at the beginning of the month, teams are continuing their preparation for the upcoming string of summer races, including the inaugural Grand Prix of Mont-Tremblant, with a two-day test this week at the historic Circuit Mont-Tremblant, May 24 – 25.
Champ Car’s return to the Circuit has been a much anticipated one, as it has been 39 years since the open-wheel cars last took to the track located in the heart of the picturesque Laurentians. The layout, which features fast sections and passing opportunities, has since then been renovated to meet with improved safety guidelines. The 15-turn natural road course will still provide the seven teams and 12 drivers taking part in the private test with quite a challenge.
Getting a sneak peek of the Circuit Mont-Tremblant and returning to the cockpit this week after missing out on the last two races due to a back injury is Canadian Paul Tracy (#3 Indeck Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) with Forsythe Championship Racing. Tracy will be joined by fellow Canadian and Quebecois Alex Tagliani (#8 Lexington Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) as well as Tagliani’s RSPORTS teammate Justin Wilson (#9 CDW Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone).
Also attending the test and fresh off a four day, four city Champ Car European Media Tour that took place last week, are Robert Doornbos (#14 Minardi Team USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) and Dan Clarke (#4 Minardi Team USA Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) of Minardi Team USA. Three time defending Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais (#1 McDonald’s Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) and Champ Car’s youngest podium finisher, Graham Rahal (#2 Medi | Zone Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) of Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing are also part of the drivers taking advantage of this test at the 2.65-mile permanent road course.
Completing the line-up for the private test session will be Pacific Coast Motorsports drivers Alex Figge (# 29 Pacific Coast Motorsports Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) and Ryan Dalziel (#28 Pacific Coast Motorsports Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone), PKV Racing’s Tristan Gommendy (#22 Pay by Touch Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) and Team Australia’s Will Power (#15 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone) and rookie Simon Pagenaud (#5 Aussie Vineyards Cosworth/DP01/Bridgestone).
Portland International Raceway will host Round 4 of the Champ Car World Series June 8 – 10 with the Mazda Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Presented by Joe’s.
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