Genoa Enjoys Consistent Performance in Practice for the Long Beach Grand Prix
Richard Philippe (Funkemotions.com #36) and Jonathan Bomarito (RLM Investments/Mathiasen Motorsports #63) enjoyed a very productive day of practice at Long Beach Grand Prix.
Richard was fastest in the morning practice, and Jonathan was 7th quick as he came to grips with the Firestone® Indy Lights cars. In the second practice, Jonathan was 2nd quick and Richard was 4th, both running on tires from the morning session.
Richard stated that he could put the car wherever he wanted in the morning session, and the results showed it. In the second session, he felt that the grip was off a bit, and he had to work pretty hard. A mid-session air pressure adjustment helped the car all the way around, but he still would've liked a better feeling from the car.
Jonathan Bomarito said,
"I'm just grateful to Genoa, Ray, and Leslie for the opportunity. Everything came together just yesterday, so it was challenging to just jump in the car and go 100%. These cars are heavier than I'm used to, and it's a bit of an art to get them to turn, so it took me a little time to get up to speed. 7th fastest in the first session was a good result, but the car was still faster than me. 2nd in the afternoon was better, but we really just got started working on developing the car. I'm still learning to get what I want out of this car and this team."
Thomas Knapp said,
"All in all a good day. Looking at the timing sheets, we were the most consistent. Both of the guys did a great job working their way through today's plan. Richard was fast right away, so we could start trying some different settings for qualifying and the race. Jonathan got up to speed quickly and gave us great feedback in the afternoon and in the debrief. We're definitely right where we want to be.