Tuesday, 18 March 2008 08:56
|Power and Team Australia conduct first IndyCar test this week : -
Team Australia driver Will Power will participate in his first IndyCar Series test on March 19-20 at Sebring International Speedway in Sebring, Florida.
Power will get his first taste of a Honda-powered Dallara IndyCar around the 1.66-mile circuit, with two days of testing scheduled for teams making the transition from the Champ Car World Series to the unified 2008 IndyCar Series.
New Team Australia partners KV Racing Technology have worked around the clock to have two cars ready for the test, with Power set to have his first drive of the #8 Aussie Vineyards - Team Australia Honda/Dallara/Firestone machine. The driver from Toowoomba, Queensland will be joined by KV Racing Technology team-mate Oriol Servia, who will pilot the KV Racing Technology #32 Honda/Dallara/Firestone entry.
“All credit has to go to the crew guys because it is an absolutely outstanding effort to be able to get two cars together in such a short space of time,” said Power.
“The test is going to be all about shaking the car down, learning what the Dallara is like to drive, how it reacts to certain things and for me personally, I will be working hard at getting to know all the team at KV Racing Technology.
“I think I owe them all a dinner already because they have put in some serious hours to get these cars ready in time for this test.”
Power is enthusiastic about this first test on the Sebring road course, which will be followed by a further two days of testing on the 1.5-mile oval of Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 24-25.
“After Sebring we head to Homestead for two days of oval testing. That will be a very important test and a chance to learn a lot for the first race of the season. The priority will be to build up confidence, get up to speed and keep the car straight, because the more track time you have the more you will learn.
“Then the second race of the season is a week later at St Pete, and it is the test this week at Sebring that will give us some good information for that street course event. Once we get on top of the car at the Sebring test, we will be tuning it more to suit the St Pete street circuit rather than trying to find a good set-up for Sebring itself.”
This is the first opportunity KV Racing Technology has had to test its IndyCar Series cars since announcing on March 12 the Indianapolis-based operation would join the series, in partnership with Aussie Vineyards and Team Australia, for the 2008 season.
“I want to congratulate Mark Johnson (KV Racing Technology General Manager), David Brzozowski (Team Manager), the engineering staff and the entire crew on the job they have done getting these cars ready to test,” said KV Racing Technology co-owner Jimmy Vasser.
“We haven’t had a lot of time to prepare, but the entire team has worked flat out, around the clock, seven day a week, just to get prepared for this first test at Sebring. This is a huge undertaking and while we are still behind some of the established teams, everything that can be done to this point, has been done and I just want to say how proud I am of the entire team.
“I also want to acknowledge, and thank, Target Chip Ganassi Racing. They have really been great as far as helping us get ready and have made it apparent that getting our team up to speed as fast as possible is what is best for the series. We appreciate all their support.”
The first race of the 2008 IndyCar Series will be held under lights with the Gainsco Auto Insurance Indy 300 on March 29 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.