Tasman Motorsports' Indy Lights team wrapped up a successful two-day session at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida on December 10 and 11.
Airton Dare was joined by 1998 Indy Lights Rookie of the Year Guy Smith, the leading candidate to fill the seat vacated by 1998 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights champion Cristiano da Matta who has graduated to the Champ Car ranks.
The duo recorded over 680 laps on the 1.66-mile road course with Dare posting a best time of 58.19 (seconds) and Smith 57.97 (seconds).
"This is the starting point for our '99 season testing program and fortunately it went very well," said team manager Steve Dickson. "Airton looks like he is ready to take it to the next level as far as the championship is concerned, and Guy was up to speed once he got comfortable with our setups. It's a good starting point for the rest of our test schedule. If everything falls into place, we should have a very strong package for next season."
The Indy Lights team will also resume its testing program on January 7 with a two-day test scheduled at Phoenix International Raceway.
A driver announcement is expected to be made in the new year.
Congratulations go out to Tasman graduate Cristiano da Matta who was elected to the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association's (AARWBA) 1998 All-America Auto Racing Team. Da Matta becomes the second of Tasman's Indy Lights drivers to garner AARWBA's All-America First Team honors. (Bryan Herta was elected in 1993.)
The AARWBA banquet honoring the 29th All-America Team will be held on January 16th in Long Beach, California.