KUMHO, B-K Motorsports Ft. Worth test notes

Initial KUMHO/BK ALMS test goes well RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA. KUMHO and BK Motorsports tested the team's LMP2 car on KUMHO tires May 7 at the MotorSport Ranch near Ft. Worth, Texas, in preparation for the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of...

Initial KUMHO/BK ALMS test goes well

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA. KUMHO and BK Motorsports tested the team's LMP2 car on KUMHO tires May 7 at the MotorSport Ranch near Ft. Worth, Texas, in preparation for the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Houston on May 12. KUMHO and BK announced a new ALMS racing partnership on April 27, and this was the first joint test for the two parties.

"We were very pleased with the test," said Marcus Haselgrove, BK technical director and team manager. "We found a compound that suits the car, and now we have to find a setup that suits the compound. We saw what we hoped to see from the tires with each change we made; they met our expectations and were very consistent."

"We tested last year's tire and our two latest tires so BK could see the progress we've made," said Rudy Consolacion, motorsports manager for KUMHO. "Our latest tire worked very well. We've made significant progress from last year's tire. Marcus and the rest of the BK crew bring a lot of experience to the table; they're strong technical partners and will play a big role as we continue to develop our tires."

BK Motorsports co-owner Bob Bach attended the test and was pleased with what he saw. "KUMHO was there in full force to help us, which was good to see," he said. "Jamie (Bach) did all of the test driving and was happy with the tires. I think this is going to be a good partnership for KUMHO, Mazda and BK Motorsports."

Haselgrove noted that the BK Motorsports crew has worked overtime getting ready for the Grand Prix of Houston. "We had to have the car ready two weeks ago so we could ship it to California for a Mazda dealer meeting," he said. "From there we came to Ft. Worth for this test and then drove through the night to get to Houston for the race. The guys have worked hard and deserve a lot of credit."

Haselgrove added that BK Motorsports and Mazda are working together to develop a tire pressure monitoring system that they hope to have on the car by the end of July.

The KUMHO/BK Motorsports LMP2 car will carry an on-board camera for the next five races, which will all be broadcast on CBS. The Grand Prix of Houston will air at 1 p.m. EST on CBS on Saturday, May 13.

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