READING, Pa. -- Marlboro Team Penske has received their first Reynard 2KI chassis and is currently preparing it for its initial test session on December 8th and 9th on the road course at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Plans call for veteran driver Gil de Ferran to test on both days with teammate Helio Castro-Neves getting behind the wheel on the afternoon of the 9th.
"The new car arrived on Friday evening and the whole team spent the weekend working on it to get it ready for Homestead," said Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing, Inc. "Our new partners from Honda were on hand when we started the engine for the first time on Sunday evening and by 6:00 p.m. Monday, it was on the transporter and ready for the trip south. We also received our first shipment of Firestone tires on Friday evening, so we're ready to go.
"We've scheduled Gil to do the majority of the test since he has experience with the Honda/Reynard and he can provide some initial feedback," Cindric continued. "Since our entire race package is new this year, we obviously don't have a car to use as a baseline, so we're all anxious to get out on the track and start working on our development program."
Cindric also announced that Andrew Borme has joined the team as race engineer for Castro-Neves (in the No. 3 car). Borme previously worked with Castro-Neves at Hogan Racing. Tom German will serve as race engineer for de Ferran (in the No. 2 car). German joined Penske Racing in 1997 and most recently has been working on engineering research and development programs.
The team returns to the Homestead track in late December to test on the track's 1.5-mile oval.