Miami, Florida (February 26, 2002) - Scott Dixon and the PWR Championship Racing team completed the second of a two-day test on the road course at Homestead-Miami as the team concludes their pre-season testing.
Dixon, who begins his second year on the CART circuit, logged 58 laps on Monday and 60 laps on Tuesday in his #7 Toyota/Lola. Over the two days, his best lap time was 67.5mph. Overall, the 2001 Jim Trueman Rookie of the Year was happy with the test.
"We had a pretty good test over the last few days", said Dixon. "My times were quick, but more importantly we had a lot to learn about a new car and that goal was accomplished. Our pre-season testing was extremely valuable and I now have a much better understanding of the Lola. We ran a simulated race at the end of the second day, which prepares me for the season opener."
Dixon has been faced with a few changes during the off-season. In addition to running a new chassis, he has a new race engineer, John Ward, who joined the team from Fernandez Racing at the conclusion of the 2001 season.
"There have been a few changes this year and working with John and his knowledge will definitely be a plus for me", added Dixon. "One thing that hasn't changed is our engine manufacturer. I'm happy to be back with Toyota - the engine continues to be very strong and reliable. With the addition of the Lola chassis, which is very good mechanically, we should be extremely competitive throughout the 2002 season."
According to Vice President of Race Operations, Russell Cameron, the two-day test was very productive.
"Before we went to Homestead we had a good break back at the shop working through some issues," said Cameron. "Our goal was to obtain further data with the 2002 Lola, which we did. It was a productive two days for us - we basically did a lot of fine-tuning and worked with Toyota on traction control. We ran a simulated race with pit stops at the end of our second day and it went very well. I think we're up to speed and we've accomplished a lot going into the start of the season."
The team returns to its Indianapolis-based shop in final preparation for the 2002 season opener at Monterrey, Mexico on March 10, 2002, which will be broadcast live on Speed Channel at 4:00PM EST.