IRL: Andretti Green Racing Kansas test notes

Andretti Green Racing trio wraps up two days of testing at Kansas Speedway KANSAS CITY, Kan., (June 18, 2003) -- Andretti Green Racing drivers Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti and Dan Wheldon returned to the track on Tuesday and Wednesday, ...

Andretti Green Racing trio wraps up two days of testing at Kansas Speedway

KANSAS CITY, Kan., (June 18, 2003) -- Andretti Green Racing drivers Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti and Dan Wheldon returned to the track on Tuesday and Wednesday, logging more than 750 miles of work during a two-day test at Kansas Speedway.

The trio took to the 1.5-mile tri-oval in preparation for the speedway's Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar^Ù Series event, which is slated for July 6.

Kanaan, who is fresh off two consecutive runner-up finishes in the #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone and owns a 49-point lead in the series standings, enjoyed his first workout ever at Kansas.

"It's an amazing racetrack," said Kanaan, who participated in the first day of the session. "It's a beautiful place. It was good for me to find out what the racetrack is all about. We ran quite a few laps, made a couple changes to the car and made it better, so I think we'll be competitive when we get back here for the race."

Kanaan's rookie teammate, Dan Wheldon, recorded more than 500 miles of work in his #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone, the majority of which was part of a Firestone tire test.

"I did a lot of testing for Firestone and it worked out fantastic," said Wheldon. "It was an enjoyable experience. It was my first tire test as part of the IndyCar^Ù Series and I enjoyed it very much. Basically, that took up the majority of our time. The rest was taken up by just some fine- tuning that we're doing for the race. It all went very well and I'm looking forward to the race when we come back."

Dario Franchitti, who returned to action last Sunday at Pikes Peak International Raceway, turned 53 practice laps in the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone on Wednesday, looking to build on the momentum gained from last weekend's fourth-place finish.

Team manager Kyle Moyer felt the team reaped plenty of benefits from the two-day session.

"Overall, we're really, really happy," said Moyer. "We worked mainly on our race setup today with Dario. We think we're pretty close, but we're looking forward to coming back in a few weeks and finishing off the work we have left. The cars ran flawlessly, like usual, so all in all in all I think it was a pretty good test."

- AGR -

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam