TAFEL RACING TESTS AT HOMESTEAD
CUMMING, Ga- Tafel Racing used the two-day Grand American test at Homestead-Miami Speedway to fine-tune their base setup in preparation for the 2007 season. After posting quickest times in class both days in the recent Daytona test, the team went to Homestead to further their research and development program.
On Tuesday driver Robin Liddell was able to turn 26 laps in the # 72 Porsche GT3, spending most of the day working on improving the setup, but he still finished the day with the a best lap of 1:21.64, putting him second in class. "We learned a lot today that we will use to improve our setup for future races," said team owner Jim Tafel. "We're quite pleased with where we are in the development of our program for the new season. We'll take the data from this test back to the shop to help us bring the best possible car to the track when the season starts in Daytona."
The time spent sorting out the setup on the first day of the test paid off for Liddell who turned a 1:20.27 on Wednesday, a time that would end up being the fastest lap of the test in GT. The morning was devoted to making improvements in the suspension with teammate Andrew Davis taking over after Liddell and turning a best lap of 1:21.9. Davis went back out after lunch but was sidelined after a little over an hour with a steering problem. When the crew had corrected that, he improved his time to 1:21.00, putting him second behind Liddell.
The team then gave IMSA Cup stand out Bryce Miller a run in the car. Bryce, a newcomer to this track, saw his lap times drop dramatically as he became familiar with the car, the track, and the handling of the Hoosier tires. At the end of 25 laps, Miller was able to record a 1:23.257.
Overall, it was a very successful test for the Atlanta-based team, which has seen great success in the development of their program, finishing 5th in class in 2005 and jumping to 2nd in 2006. The next event for the team will be the traditional January pre Daytona 24 hours test weekend.
-credit: tafel racing