Sebring, FL -- PacWest Racing's Indy Lights operation had a successful inaugural test as a "team" despite an early accident at Sebring in Florida today.
Young American Tony Renna produced times equal to or better than any Indy Lights driver has produced at the circuit previously and got through his day's tasks without any problems.
The team's driver elect, Scott Dixon, had an accident early in the day after defending FedEx Championship Series champion Juan Montoya spun in front of him in turn six.
The front end of the car went light and the New Zealander damaged the front left corner and front wing of his car on a tire barrier. Unfortunately, some of the pieces damaged in the incident were not in the team's truck and Dixon had to wait until mid-afternoon when parts became available off the car of Renna.
"We are not sure what the situation was with Scott's car, but there is a chance something may have broken," said Team Manager Paul "Ziggy" Harcus.
"We will have a look at everything when we get back to the shop, but thankfully there was no major damage and Scott is fine.
"The incident cost Scott and the team valuable track time, but we did manage to recover something late in the day after Tony had finished his run and a couple of parts could be pulled from his car.
"Overall the test was very pleasing and provides us with a shot of confidence."
Renna overcame some engine problems from yesterday to produce one of the most positive test sessions of his career.
"We got through the entire program we had scheduled," said Renna.
"We got around as fast as anyone has gone before and that is always a good feeling.
"It was really the first time the entire team had tested together and I must say that everything worked extremely well.
"Scott and I want similar things from the car and he was very good to work with.
"There was a good feeling between everyone on the team and that is a good place to start when we come back here to test again next month."
The PacWest Lights team is scheduled to test at Sebring again on March 26-27.