Vasser Begins 1999 With Phoenix Test Phoenix, AZ (January 15, 1998) - Target/Chip Ganassi Racing driver Jimmy Vasser finished a productive two-day testing session at the one-mile oval at Phoenix International Raceway earlier this week, his...
Vasser Begins 1999 With Phoenix Test
Phoenix, AZ (January 15, 1998) - Target/Chip Ganassi Racing driver Jimmy Vasser finished a productive two-day testing session at the one-mile oval at Phoenix International Raceway earlier this week, his second test in the team's new 1999 Reynard-Honda after his test at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex last month.
Vasser, who finished second in the 1998 PPG Cup championship, logged more than 460 miles during the two-day session, with the primary focus on Firestone tire testing. Other attention was paid to preparing his car for the single-element wing package required at the Nazareth Speedway and Milwaukee Mile. He completed 280 miles on the oval on Monday and posted the fastest lap among the five drivers testing. On Tuesday, Vasser registered more than 180 miles and again posted the quickest times.
"I'm very happy with the car at this point in our testing," said Vasser. "I'm especially pleased with the results we've been able to accomplish in such a short period of time. The team has been putting in a lot of hard work and it is really paying off for the car's performance."
Mike Hull, team manager of Target/Chip Ganassi Racing, said "Similar to our first test at Homestead, we had a very successful two days and encountered no major problems. We went through a lot of tires on Monday and then spent Tuesday working with Jimmy and the car on the aerodynamics required for Nazareth and Milwaukee. Things went really well."
"I'm very happy with the car at this point in our testing," said Vasser.
Vasser will next test with his new teammate Juan Montoya on the road course at Sebring International Raceway from Jan. 25-27. Team Target is excited about getting some significant time on the road coarse. "I'm really looking forward to getting with Juan in Sebring and working together on our street course testing," said Vasser. "Hard to believe, but the season is right around the corner."
Hull added, "Coming off two productive oval tests, we're now looking to get the cars ready for the season's street races. Sebring always provides us a great opportunity to see where we are at and will give us a nice spring board into Spring Training."
Both Vasser and Montoya will appear at CART Spring Training Feb. 2-4 at Homestead. Hull, for one, can't wait get started. "Spring Training has all of the exciting elements of a race weekend and gives us the first chance to run with the other drivers in traffic. We'll then know exactly where we're at," he said.
Following Spring Training, Montoya will next test at Laguna Seca Raceway on February 23-24 with Vasser testing again at Sebring on February 24-25.