report Sebring & Homestead
April 5, 2004
Paul Tracy shows off his Indeck sponsor colors Greg
Forsythe Championship Racing has just
completed three days of pre-Season testing with its three Drivers for 2004, Defending
2003 World Champion Paul Tracy and Patrick Carpentier in their Indeck Forsythe Racing
entries and Rodolfo Lavin in the Corona Forsythe Racing entry.
After a long winter, the Team’s first
pre-Season test took place at Sebring on March 31st, with the Drivers concentrated on
re-acclimatising to the race cars, getting some long awaited track time. Running three
cars has meant some changes on the Crew line-ups, and the Drivers and Crews took the
chance to work together as the cars were shaken down. Paul and Patrick worked through
some planned test items including suspension, damper and aerodynamics, and Rodolfo,
completing 115 laps, with getting comfortable in the car and with his new Team.
After a successful first day, the Team and Drivers moved to the road course at Homestead
where new a brake package was tested, as well as more work on suspension, damper and
aerodynamic packages. The Team and Drivers were on the pace with the competition and the
feeling was one of confidence for the next test at Fontana before the Season opener at
Long Beach on April 18th.
“We all had a good test, we made a lot of changes on the cars over the week and got a
lot of miles in,” Tracy said. “The car felt really good and was balanced pretty well.
It’s hard to say exactly how the car will feel until we get to Long Beach and see what
the track conditions are like but we feel pretty good.”
Patrick Carpentier was especially happy about the testing, “Jerry Forsythe promised me
I’d be running in a competitive car this year, and I’m very pleased to be with my guys
again for the Season. The testing went really well, the Team was great and I’m very much
looking forward to the Season. I like the ‘push to pass’ – hopefully it’s going to
be good for the racing and the fans. We drivers always want more power, and it
definitely was noticeable … although I’d like even more!”
New Team Driver Rodolfo Lavin was impressed with his new Lola, “my new Lola race
car was totally different, and the gearbox mechanism, which I like. The up-shift was
much better but you need to be more precise on the down-shift. And there was a good
difference with the ‘push to pass’ – not huge, but it could be helpful if used at the
right moment. It was great working with my Crew; the mechanics, everyone, was
really enthusiastic and I’m looking forward to Long Beach.”
As the Team returned home to Indianapolis, Neil Micklewright, Vice President of
Operations said “I’m happy with the Team’s preparation and the testing so far in the
build to the first race. We’re all eager to get back into competition and looking
forward to the Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 18th”.
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