Sigma Autosport Atlantic Team Concludes Successful Four Day Test at Homestead HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Sigma Autosport's Toyota-Atlantic team concluded its final pre-season test of the season Monday at the Miami-Homestead Motorsports...
Sigma Autosport Atlantic Team Concludes Successful Four Day Test at Homestead
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Sigma Autosport's Toyota-Atlantic team concluded its final pre-season test of the season Monday at the Miami-Homestead Motorsports Complex.
According to Atlantic team manager Jim Griffith, it was a successful test for Sigma drivers, Rocky Moran Jr., and rookie David Wieringa. The test, run over four days on the road course, was a chance for both drivers to get seat time and to test different handling settings, and different spring and shock packages. Each driver had two days of testing.
"We wanted to get the bugs out of the car and to try several different aerodynamic packages," said Griffith.
Most important however was giving Moran an opportunity to test not only the car, but also his physical health. Moran had broken his back in December, after falling off a motorcycle and until recently, had been using a back brace. Moran was also involved in what turned out to be a minor airplane accident in January, however for this test Moran managed to steer clear of motorcycles and aircraft tarmacs.
"It was important to give Rocky some time in the car," said Griffith. "He did a great job and didn't have a back brace on. He put in several laps and felt very good after completing his test."
Griffith said that between Moran and Wieringa, approximately 600 miles were completed during the test, something the team was trying to accomplish.
"One of the goals was to keep increasing the mileage each day," said Griffith. "Both David and Rocky each got in plenty of miles and a lot of time in the car. That was important and those two learned a lot during this test session.
To emphasize the point, Moran drove more than 250 trouble-free miles on Monday.
The team now returns to their Chardon, Ohio facilities to complete work on two new Swift 014a-Toyota cars. Sigma Autosport then ventures to Monterrey, Mexico, for the CART Toyota-Atlantic season opener on March 10.