CHAMPCAR/CART: Casey Mears tests for Team Rahal

HILLIARD, OHIO . . . Indy Lights star Casey Mears tested for Team Rahal at the California Speedway last week (9/20-9/21) running over 400-miles over two days in the Team Rahal test car. Mears' top speed was a lap of 227.8 mph on the two-mile...

HILLIARD, OHIO . . . Indy Lights star Casey Mears tested for Team Rahal at the California Speedway last week (9/20-9/21) running over 400-miles over two days in the Team Rahal test car. Mears' top speed was a lap of 227.8 mph on the two-mile super speedway in Fontana, CA. The test focused entirely on the Team Rahal race setup an aerodynamic issues with the car.

"I had promised Casey he could have a chance to test one of Team Rahal's cars this season and Casey helped us out by testing at Fontana last week," said Team Rahal owner Bobby Rahal. "He certainly proved he is at home in a Champ Car during the test and it allowed us to give Max and Kenny a break during a busy time in the schedule. Casey is one of the bright young stars in open-wheel racing and I have no doubt he has a great future ahead of him in Champ Cars."

Team Rahal Technical Coordinator Ray Leto, a veteran Champ Car race engineer, oversaw the test with Mears. "I am impressed with Casey's ability to get up to speed quickly in a car that he wasn't familiar with. He has a great feel for the car and we were able to make small changes and he was able to give us substantial feedback on the differences. Casey displayed a good sense of his abilities for being in a Champ Car for the first time. It didn't take long before he was running flat out and feeling at home in the car."

"I felt the test went pretty well," said Mears. "The crew from Team Rahal knows how to get around that place and they have proven they have a great set up for either Michigan of California. I was comfortable because the car was working well and Ray and the rest of the crew really helped make me feel at home. It was a great experience and I just have to say thanks to Bobby for living up to his word and giving me a test."

Mears, a 22-year old driver from Bakersfield, CA, is the son of former Champ Car driver Roger Mears and the nephew of three-time CART Champion Rick Mears. He currently drives for Dorricott Racing in the Indy Lights Series and is third in the point standings entering this weekend's race in Houston.

Team Rahal is a franchise member of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). Headquartered in Hilliard, Ohio, the team co-owned by three-time CART Champion Bobby Rahal and CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman currently fields a pair of Championship Cars for Max Papis and Kenny Brack in the CART FedEx Championship Series. The 70-member team enjoys primary sponsorship from Miller Brewing Company and the Texaco/Shell alliance with the Shell brand.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Casey Mears , Max Papis , Bobby Rahal , Kenny Brack , Rick Mears , Roger Mears