CHAMPCAR/CART: Tony Renna Continues to Impress at Champ Car Test

(Sebring, FL) -- Young American Tony Renna made his second appearance in PacWest Racing's 2000 Reynard Mercedes-Benz today, completing over 175 incident-free miles at the 1.66-mile Sebring International Raceway. The 23-year-old open-wheel ...

(Sebring, FL) -- Young American Tony Renna made his second appearance in PacWest Racing's 2000 Reynard Mercedes-Benz today, completing over 175 incident-free miles at the 1.66-mile Sebring International Raceway.

The 23-year-old open-wheel standout, who will contest a full season of Dayton Indy Lights competition in 2000 in addition to serving as PacWest's Champ Car testing and development driver, drove both PacWest Reynards during the one-day session.

"We configured the two cars differently in order to compare notes, and we had a very fruitful day," explained PacWest's Vice President of Racing Operations John Anderson.

"The crew did a nice job preparing one car while Tony had the other car on track, and we were circulating all day with virtually no down time.

"Tony is performing very well as our test driver, and I know the opportunity will arise for him to get some more miles in the 2000 Reynard."

Renna was the first driver to pilot the Reynard 2KI when he shook down chassis #001 at Putnam Park Road Course in early December.

"Sebring was my first real experience with the Mercedes-Benz IC108F, and it's obvious that the people at Ilmor have been working extremely hard," commented Renna.

"Mercedes has made great strides in driveability without sacrificing anything in terms of horsepower.

"We ran all day without any problems, and I think that the team is entering the 2000 season with a great powerplant."

PacWest's testing program continues with its first oval sessions at Phoenix International Raceway on January 25-27. Road course testing continues at Firebird Raceway on January 29-30.

The fifth annual CART Spring Training at Homestead-Miami Speedway kicks off the 2000 FedEx Championship Series season with a media day on February 8, followed by two days of on-track activity on February 9-10.

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