Wieringa Impresses Team With First Sigma Toyota-Atlantic Test

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - Dave Wieringa, recently named as one of Sigma Autosport's Toyota-Atlantic drivers for the 2002 season, completed a successful two-day test at the Homestead Motorsports Complex in Homestead, Fla., on Wednesday.

Sigma Autosport's Atlantic managing director Jim Griffith said he was pleased with Wieringa's results and impressed with his first outing with the team.

"I think Dave did really well," said Griffith. "I know the team is impressed by what he did. Dave learned a lot of driving in the Skip Barber series, and it showed this week.

The test began on Tuesday morning, Dec. 18, and ran through Wednesday afternoon. According to Griffith, the test gave Wieringa and the team a chance to work together. Griffith said Wieringa completed approximately 130 miles in a 2001 Swift 008A-Toyota on the Homestead road course and responded well to changes made to the car during the test.

"He gave us a lot of positive feedback," said Griffth. "There was good communications between Dave and the crew."

Wieringa was pleased with the test.

"I went down to Florida not really knowing what to expect, but I had no doubts it would be a good test," said Wieringa. "It was a great experience and I'm looking forward to my next test.

Champ Car driver Alex Barron coached Wieringa through the two day test.

"Alex helped me a lot," said Wieringa. "I listened to what he said and applied his advice and suggestions to my test."

Rocky Moran Jr., Wieringa's teammate at Sigma Autosport, was not present at the test as he is recuperating from a back injury. Griffith said Moran would be at the next Sigma test scheduled in January.