Wieringa Concludes Successful Two Day Test in Lola Champ Car
BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. - Sigma Autosport concluded a successful two-day test of new components in the 2001 Lola-Ford/Cosworth at the Homestead Motorsports Complex in Homestead, Fla., on Wednesday.
Owner Tom Wieringa, was behind the wheel of the Sigma Autosport Lola to test how well two new radio systems, shock absorbers, data acquisition and telemetry would work.
"Everything went fine and we didn't encounter any problems," said Wieringa, who used to compete in the CART Toyota-Atlantic Championship in 1999 and 2000. "We really learned a lot about the new systems and it was fun to be behind the wheel again.
"It's amazing and quite a rush to go that fast in a Champ Car."
The test began on Tuesday morning, Dec. 18, and ran through Wednesday afternoon. Wieringa completed approximately 200 miles on the Homestead road course. In addition to the testing of the systems, the Sigma Autosport crew also changed engines on the Lola.
"We used the engine from the Fontana race the first day and it was at its limit, so the guys changed it," said Wieringa. "It was ready for a change."
Wieringa tested the 2001 Sigma Autosport Lola car that contested the past season. Wieringa enjoyed the experienced and has a new appreciation for what Champ Car drivers go through.
"They have to be in really great shape," said Wieringa. "It felt comfortable, but to do a long race would be very tiring."
Sigma Autosport team manager Phil Howard supervised the test and indicated it went according to plan.
"Everything went well as expected," said Howard. "We had no problems."