Hunter-Reay Right at Home at Sebring Pre-season preparations are in full swing for the defending CART Toyota Atlantic Champions, Hylton Motorsports as the team wrapped up another two days of testing with their new driver and Florida resident, ...
Hunter-Reay Right at Home at Sebring
Pre-season preparations are in full swing for the defending CART Toyota Atlantic Champions, Hylton Motorsports as the team wrapped up another two days of testing with their new driver and Florida resident, Ryan Hunter-Reay at Sebring International Raceway.
The test proved successful from a development standpoint and gave Hunter-Reay the opportunity to get a little better acquainted with his swift 014.A, as he completed nearly 500 miles over the two-day test. Hylton Motorsports Engineer Kyle Brannan commented, "We are all on a bit of a learning curve right now. As a team we are sorting out some 'new car blues' with the new chassis, and of course Ryan is adjusting to the Atlantic package in it's entirety, so it's been a lot of work, but I am extremely pleased with the results of this test."
Brannan continued, "Ryan has done an excellent job adapting to the car, he was up to speed almost immediately, and his technical feedback has been very good, we accomplished a ton in terms of development."
Hunter-Reay was equally pleased with the results of the test "I definitely feel like we accomplished a lot over the two days. We made a lot of changes, they all went in the right direction and we were continually faster and faster. I became very comfortable in the car during this test and now I really feel at home with it. My engineer and I are working very well together, he would bring me in, we would make some changes and every time I went back out I would drop one tenth here, two tenths there, it was awesome!"
Hunter-Reay and the Hylton crew ran 250 trouble-free miles on Tuesday, and 226 miles Wednesday before running into a few setbacks in the afternoon. "Tuesday we really worked on the set-up and getting Ryan comfortable with the car. We arrived with a list of things to try and we just about made it through the list on the first day. Ryan was very quick Wednesday morning, but unfortunately, we had a few setbacks with the car that cost us some track time in the afternoon. The guys did a good job of getting things turned around and Ryan back out there, but then track had gone off a bit in the afternoon. The most important thing for us right now is to give Ryan as much seat time as possible," commented Brannan.
The Hylton Motorsports pre-season test program will continue in preparation for the season opener March 10th in Monterrey, Mexico at the Tecate Telmex Grand Prix at Fundidora Park.