Rahal Letterman Racing Homestead test wrap-up

RAHAL LETTERMAN RACING WRAPS UP HOMESTEAD INDYCAR TESTING HOMESTEAD, Florida - Yesterday's unification excitement behind them, the teams and drivers of the IndyCar Series went back to work Thursday, completing two days of open testing at ...

RAHAL LETTERMAN RACING WRAPS UP HOMESTEAD INDYCAR TESTING

HOMESTEAD, Florida - Yesterday's unification excitement behind them, the teams and drivers of the IndyCar Series went back to work Thursday, completing two days of open testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (#17 Ethanol Dallara/Honda/Firestone) blazed 127 laps around the 1.5-mile Homestead oval in preparation for the March 29 season-opening Gainsco Auto Insurance Indy 300, wrapping up the oval-track portion of this year's IndyCar open tests.

The reigning Bombardier Learjet IndyCar Rookie of the Year, Hunter-Reay piloted the RLR team through its second day of testing, turning a best lap of 25.4169 seconds (210.332 mph) in the nearly five hours of work.

"We put a lot of things in our back pocket that we can bring to the race weekend and be faster, which is good news," Hunter-Reay said. "We have a lot of knowledge to take back to Columbus and use to make us better and I have every confidence that this team will use it to our advantage."

The season opener will mark the first time since his Barber Dodge Pro Series days that Hunter-Reay has raced an open-wheel car at Homestead, but he knows that he will have plenty of company on race day and prepared his car accordingly.

"I think if we can get a car that is good in lots of traffic, we'll be able to have a good weekend," said Hunter-Reay. "This has always been a team that races well, so I know we'll have a good car for the opener."

The skies cleared for Thursday's testing with warmer temperatures and slightly calmer winds. The team got through an extensive test list that used a combination of short and longer runs to analyze data and determine adjustments.

"Things went well for us and I think that we found what we were looking for at this test," said RLR Chief Operating Officer Scott Roembke. "Everybody in the paddock wants to be faster here, but nobody's ever gotten any points at testing, so you have to stay focused on your tasks and get through your work, which is exactly what Ryan and our guys did."

The IndyCar teams will spend tomorrow preparing their road-course configurations as the cars head to Sebring for two days of road course action next Monday and Tuesday.

-credit: rlr

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