HIGHCROFT CONTINUE NEW HPD LMP2 ENGINE TESTING IN TEXAS
DANBURY, CT, Thursday, January 20, 2011: Highcroft Racing continues its development duties for the new Honda Performance Development LMP2 V6 turbo engine at MSR Houston in Texas today and tomorrow.
Located 35 miles south of downtown Houston in Angleton, TX, the track was selected after recent poor weather eliminated other options including cd ~press Carolina MotorSports Park that was used for testing of the new engine in late 2010.
"We felt that testing at Sebring would have been an option, but Corvette decided they didn't want to share the track so the only other really viable venue where we could guarantee good weather was in Houston," Highcroft's Duncan Dayton said.
"This will be the third test we have done with the installation that Highcroft did for HPD in the existing chassis.
"Our goal this week will be to complete 1,200 uninterrupted miles for HPD over the two days. This will be a significant milestone in the development of the engine - a project we have been very proud to be a part of.
"We're very confident we will able to complete that mark without a hitch."
The test will be the first time Highcroft has tested at the MSR Houston venue - a 17 turn, 2.38 mile circuit.
"I visited the track a year ago. It is a unique motorsports facility that is like a country club but it has plenty of runoff and safety facilities which will allow us to complete plenty of uninterrupted running."
Simon Pagenaud and Marino Franchitti will share the driving duties in Texas aboard the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron championship-winning chassis - now powered with the new 2.8 liter V6 turbo.
The Danbury, CT-based team continues to work towards finalizing arrangements for its 2011 championship assault and the opportunity to target its third ALMS championship victory in succession.
"We are very excited about the new LMP1 car that HPD have the team at Wirth Research working on," Dayton said.
"We're still waiting on final word regarding the program but it is certainly our desire to defend our championship crown with an LMP1 entry with David Brabham, Simon Pagenaud and Marino Franchitti as part of our driving squad.
"We are also very keen to return to Le Mans. We earned automatic entries with our championship win and class victory at Petit Le Mans and I know HPD would be very keen to take the new ARX-01e to France.
"The ACO are working hard on improving the balance between the diesel powered machines and petrol cars like the HPD - that makes the Le Mans opportunity even more appealing."
-source: highcroft racing