IRL: Bucknum second test notes 2005-03-30

Bucknum Completes Second Test For Dryer and Reinbold Team Bucknum co-owner Jeff Bucknum is becoming more and more familiar with the IndyCar he will pilot at Motegi, Japan and at the Indianapolis 500 this year. Last Sunday he completed his IRL ...

Bucknum Completes Second Test For Dryer and Reinbold

Team Bucknum co-owner Jeff Bucknum is becoming more and more familiar with the IndyCar he will pilot at Motegi, Japan and at the Indianapolis 500 this year. Last Sunday he completed his IRL rookie test at Phoenix International Speedway just twelve hours after winning the 12 Hours of Sebring in the P2 Prototype Courage C65. Jeff was only on the track for half a day in this introduction to the Indycar but very quickly acclimated to the power and outright speed of the Honda powered Dallara.

Bucknum not only passed his test, he passed in fewer phases than normal and was given a quick release to go as fast as possible by IRL officials. He then went out and, with full tanks and used tires, set a time that exceeded the fastest time of previous race winner Sam Hornish by almost a tenth of a second.

Jeff was impressed with the car and team, but he also impressed the crew of engineers and staff of the IPA sponsored Dryer and Reinbold team. As a result of his success, Jeff was invited to join Dryer and Reinbold for an additional test at Sebring in preparation for the IRL's first ever road course event at St. Petersburg this weekend.

"I didn't get a lot of laps at Sebring but we were able to make some pretty big gains in setup that should help Roger (Yasukawa) at St. Pete," said Bucknum after his abbreviated test. "I got 45 minutes on Monday and was able to set a time that stood up for a long time Tuesday when all the other teams arrived. I feel good about that and know I could have dropped my times further. Any seat time in this new car is a benefit and helps my confidence going into Motegi and Indy. I will be ready."

Jeff is building up his frequent flyer miles and immediately returned to Arizona to prepare for his next challenging event, The Grand Prix of Atlanta April 15-17 where he will appear in the Sebring winning Miracle Motorsports Courage C65. Team Bucknum Racing's ProMazda team will also compete at Road Atlanta with Phil Fogg joining Scott Jenkins and Robbie Montinola.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jeff Bucknum , Sam Hornis , Phil Fogg , Robbie Montinola