Team Kool Green First To Test 2002 Honda-Reynard

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Team KOOL Green and driver Paul Tracy opened their off-season testing program on December 11-12 at Sebring International Raceway running the first 2002 Honda-Reynard delivered to the U.S.

The team had planned to devote the first of the two days to systems tests. However, the systems tests were completed so quickly that the team was able to begin chassis development work that afternoon. On the second day race engineer Steve Challis worked on different aerodynamic settings to fine tune the car's balance and Tracy finished the test with several consistent laps unofficially timed at 52.00s. Over the two days, Tracy turned a total 233 laps around the 1.68-mile road course. Team Manager Kyle Moyer is glad to have the first test out of the way and is especially pleased with the new car.

"We really like the new Reynard 02I. One week after we took delivery of the car we had it on the track and didn't have a single failure. Reynard has paid a lot of attention to detail and made some minor changes in the aero and mechanical designs. The car ran flawless both days and Paul didn't put a wheel off course."

Tracy also credits Reynard with moving ahead in the 2002 design but knows the team needs to make good use of the winter testing.

"I like the reliability of the new car and I'm generally happy with the package. Reynard has made some improvements and I think right off the truck this car is better than the 01 model. The are no big differences in the car but I feel it's generally better. We still need to work hard this winter and there still is a lot of work to do but I'm very encouraged after this test."

The team will bring the new car back to the shop to be painted and will then prepare for a Bridgestone tire test with Paul Tracy on December 17 and 18 at California Speedway in Fontana, California.