INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Team KOOL Green and driver Paul Tracy took advantage of perfect weather in south Florida to complete a scheduled three days of testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway from December 14-19. Tracy spent two days on the 1.5 mile oval on Thursday and Friday before switching over to the 2.08 mile road course and completing the test on Tuesday.
Tracy focused on tire testing for Firestone during his two days on the oval, running more than 500 miles in last year's KOOL Honda-Reynard. Working with a variety of tires, he lapped consistently in the low 27 second range throughout the test with a best lap of 27.22 seconds.
"We were extremely pleased with the consistency of the tires overall," said team manager Kyle Moyer. "The car handled great through the long runs and, with no mechanical problems, we were able to complete two days of quality track time for Firestone."
Over the weekend, the Team KOOL Green crew finished final preparations on the team's new 2001 Honda-Reynard before Tracy completed a handful of "systems check" laps on Monday. Tuesday was a full day of work as Tracy ran 65 laps of the Homestead road course, establishing a baseline road course set-up as well as testing some variations for the Rio 200 scheduled for March 25.
"The 2001 Honda-Reynard package is really responsive," said Tracy. "It was great to get back in my old car on the oval but even better to be in the new car on the road course. It was also nice to run a different road course and get an opportunity to work different angles on the set-up that will be helpful in Rio."
Moyer was similarly pleased with the results of the test.
"We were able to identify a few new car `teething' problems on Monday and then run a full day on Tuesday," he said. "We had quite a list of things to accomplish Tuesday, but the car ran well and Paul never put a wheel wrong, so we accomplished everything on our list. It was a very productive test."
Team KOOL Green will take a few days off for the holidays before returning to Florida during the second week of January to test on the road course at Sebring International Raceway.