Mauricio passes Indy Racing Rookie test at Kentucky.
F3000 driver reaches 220 mph with Red Bull Cheever Racing.
SPARTA, Ky., Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2002 -- Ricardo Mauricio passed the speed phase of his Indy Racing League rookie test Sept. 30 at Kentucky Speedway.
He completed 100 laps in the No. 51 Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara/Infiniti/Firestone with a fastest unofficial speed of 220.6 mph on the 1.5-mile oval. Mark Bridges, technical manager for the Indy Racing League, observed the test.
Mauricio, 23, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, has driven for the Red Bull Junior Team in the FIA International Formula 3000 series since 1999.
"I was happy to stay around a few extra days for this opportunity," Mauricio said about the test, which was postponed Sept. 26 because of rain. "It was brilliant. I enjoyed working with Cheever Racing and driving the Red Bull Indy car."