Genoa Indy Lights Completes a Successful Day of Oval Testing at Miami-Homestead Speedway
Indianapolis, IN Nov. 23 -- Genoa Indy Lights' November 19th Open House at Miami-Homestead Speedway impressed Formula 3 Euro Series driver Richard Philippe (as well as others) so much that it resulted in a last minute deal to test on the oval on the 21st. Driving the #36 car with a 2008 spec engine, Richard quickly got flat and then proceeded to systematically work his way through the extensive testing plan for the day. By lunch, Richard was comfortable at the bottom of the track and the team could begin freeing up the car, resulting in lap times that were competitive with the other Firestone Indy Lights veterans and top 2009 prospects.
Driver Richard Philippe states: "When Genoa invited me to their Open House, they told me that they were 100% ready to go. I thought I'd challenge them to prove it. They were definitely ready with a top notch effort. Not only was the equipment and personnel ready, they also had a very disciplined and systematic testing plan ready for me. We started with a safe car on a sweet, wide line. One step at a time we worked the line down towards the bottom and freed up the car. We ended up the day very competitively, and I can't wait for my next opportunity to get back in the car."
Thomas Knapp (Team Manager and Chief Engineer) states: "Richard really lived up to his reputation as a top notch driver. He gave us excellent feedback every step of the way as we worked through the day's test plan. Every bit of feedback resulted in a positive change in the car and a positive result on the racetrack. He hung right there with the 2008 race winner and with the driver who had the 2008 fast lap, as well as the other top prospects in attendance ... all with the 2008 spec motor. Richard is certainly qualified to be a championship contender in the Firestone Indy Lights series, and we look forward to working with him again in 2009."
Spanning 3 decades, Genoa has enjoyed tremendous success with the likes of Ivan Capelli, Thiago Medeiros, Jimmy Vasser, and Greg Ray in Formula 3000, Atlantic Championships, Indy Lights, and IndyCar. Totaling in excess of 220 starts, the team's heritage includes a championship, 16 wins, 18 poles, and a front row start in the 1998 Indianapolis 500.