LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13) -- Second-year FedEx Championship Series driver Luiz Garcia Jr., completed a day-long test at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, near Bakersfield, Calif., Wednesday. It was the first full day of testing for Garcia and the...
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13) -- Second-year FedEx Championship Series driver Luiz Garcia Jr., completed a day-long test at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, near Bakersfield, Calif., Wednesday.
It was the first full day of testing for Garcia and the Arciero Project Racing Group (P.R.G.) since the team entered the Championship Auto Racing Teams series in March of this year. It was also the first time Garcia had done more than 10 laps on a road circuit since he raced at Laguna Seca last September.
Garcia tested his 1999 Hollywood-Embratel-Tang-Reynard/Mercedes-Benz, and ran for 101 miles in a variety of set-ups. Arciero P.R.G., which took delivery of a 2000 Reynard nearly two weeks ago, had the 2000 car present at the test, but it was not ready to run and instead decided to concentrate on the year-old car. The year-old Reynard will be used as the primary car for this weekend's Long Beach Grand Prix, however Arciero P.R.G. team manager Barry Brooke hinted the new package might be used in the race.
"It would be nice to run it in the race, but we'll see what happens," said Brooke. "We'll try and run on Saturday and see where we stand. The important thing was getting Luiz some seat time and that was accomplished."
Brooke said the team had planned this test after Homestead, and was happy with the results.
"We learned a lot. Luiz got to shift frequently which he had not done much of and he got used to a few different set ups," said Brooke.
Garcia was pleased as well
"It was a very good day for everyone," said Garcia. "We ran the whole afternoon and this was important as I got some quality seat time. Really what we learned at Buttonwillow today will be quite useful for Long Beach." "The team and myself are in much better shape with this test."