IRL: Panther, Menard complete smooth test at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas, Friday, Nov. 22, 2002 -- Indy Racing League standouts Sam Hornish Jr., Billy Boat, Jaques Lazier and Vitor Meira completed a successful two-day test Nov. 21 at Texas Motor Speedway, continuing to hone the car components on...

FORT WORTH, Texas, Friday, Nov. 22, 2002 -- Indy Racing League standouts Sam Hornish Jr., Billy Boat, Jaques Lazier and Vitor Meira completed a successful two-day test Nov. 21 at Texas Motor Speedway, continuing to hone the car components on which they concentrated during the opening day of the test.

Defending IRL champion Hornish concluded tests of the new 2003 Chevy Indy V8 engine in the Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone. Lazier completed tests of the next-generation Chevy engine management system in the Team Menard Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone.

Boat and Meira finished testing of Firestone tires in the Pennzoil Panther Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone and Team Menard Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, respectively.

"Everything went very smooth, even better than yesterday," Hornish said. "We did a little tire testing for Firestone, giving them an idea what they need to come back here with next year as far as compound and tire construction for the race. We also did some of our own work with the Chevy testing. Billy ran for a while this morning, they got what they needed, then we started with the rest of our test."

Said Meira: "Firestone has done a very good job. Nothing went wrong all day for Johns Manville Team Menard; it ran like a watch. Everyone was happy, and I was also happy to get this experience. It was a very good learning point for me.

"We were in long runs today. We did four runs of 40 laps, and everything went just fine. We were seeing how good the tires were under racing conditions with full fuel tanks and laps on them. Everything worked fine."

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