NA 2000: Gelles Racing test notes 2004-04-29

Gelles Racing completes successful testing Front Royal, Virginia, April 29, 2004. -- Gelles Racing drivers and crew spent a very productive testing day at the BeaveRun Complex this week in preparation for the second round of the 2004 North...

Gelles Racing completes successful testing

Front Royal, Virginia, April 29, 2004. -- Gelles Racing drivers and crew spent a very productive testing day at the BeaveRun Complex this week in preparation for the second round of the 2004 North America Formula Renault Championship to be held in a few weeks at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Quebec. All four Gelles drivers, namely Gustavo Sondermann, Brandon Thomas, Michael Yager and test driver David Greco, ran hundreds of miles on different setups at the Pennsylvania facility and the engineers were very happy with the results.

" At BeaveRun, the engineering staff did a fantastic job, one of the best ever for a testing day, believed owner Bob Gelles. Engineer Trygve Rangen had a very analytical plan of attack for the drivers and the cars. Unlike a race weekend where you have to work towards the perfect setup, our drivers were forced to do their homework in every session. All four of them worked together with the crew and their times were very quick, comparable to the track record."

Big seat time

For test driver David Greco from Toronto and Rookie Michael Yager from Illinois, progress was obvious after so many laps. "It was my most productive day in a Formula Renault, claimed Yager. I was able to concentrate on different configurations and got used to setups I had difficulty with before. Working with the engineers taught me a lot. I dearly look forward to Mont-Tremblant because I won there last year in Formula Dodge. "

"I was pleased with the testing, continued David Greco. I learned a lot about the car. Working with the other drivers improved my global approach throughout the sessions. Team work and communication helped us tremendously. I know the team will be strong in Tremblant "

Thomas fastest

"All the drivers ran comparable fast times equaling the track record, said Bob Gelles. The absolute fastest was Brandon Thomas toward the end of the day by .04 of a second faster than Sondermann. Gustavo and Brandon worked together to better feel the changes and improve their cars in every session. They joined Michael and David with the engineers to discuss the handling aspects of their cars. All four thought the test was an extreme success."

Guimont, also a driver

Gelles Racing is privileged to have a lead mechanic like Martin Guimont. He has been involved in racing for almost 20 years as a driver and crew member. "He can work closely with our drivers and translate their feelings into a better setup, concluded Gelles. If needed, he can take the car to the track with as much ease. He will help the team a lot this year."

The engineering staff concluded their testing after a second day at BeaveRun. They will sift all the data in the next weeks before heading to Canada.

Next round will see Gelles Racing head to Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, north of Montreal on May 21-23. The 2004 North America Formula Renault Pro series is sanctioned by Grand American Road Racing and organized by Race Team Promotions. Gelles Racing is sponsored by Corduroy Exclusive Fabrics, Mid-America Motorworks, TenFore and USA Today. You can visit the Gelles web site at: www.gellesracing.com

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