Lexington, OH. July 6, 2001 - Open-wheel standout driver Casey Mears completed a successful driver evaluation test for Walker Racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course yesterday. The test took place with the permission of the CART FedEx Championship ...
Lexington, OH. July 6, 2001 - Open-wheel standout driver Casey Mears completed a successful driver evaluation test for Walker Racing at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course yesterday. The test took place with the permission of the CART FedEx Championship Series and the Skip Barber School, who were testing at Mid-Ohio for the day and shared the track with the Walker Racing CART team.
Casey completed 52 laps in the #5 Pioneer/DENSO Special/ Toyota/Reynard/Firestone car and had a quick time of 70.5 seconds with no offs.
"I'm grateful to Derrick Walker and the team for the chance to test," said Casey. "It was a great experience and I thought we worked really well together. We made steady progress and kept getting quicker and quicker as the day went on."
The 23-year old driver most recently worked with owner Derrick Walker's IRL team on Bump Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when Derrick gave Casey a chance a making the starting lineup for the world's greatest race.
Walker Racing CART Team Manager Rob Edwards was on-hand to supervise Casey's test.
"He did a good job," said Edwards. "Casey was very consistent on the track and gave very analytical and specific feedback to our engineer Steve Newey and he worked well with the rest of the team."
"Casey has shown in the past that he has the ability to drive any number of racecars," Derrick said. "We wanted to give him a chance to see what he could do in a CART car. This is the time of the year when we're very active in talking to potential sponsors for next season. It was a good opportunity to demonstrate Casey's capabilities to help us in our sell. We're also grateful to CART that we were given permission to do this test due to the limited testing rules during the race season."
Casey made his CART debut in 2000 at the season-ending race at California Speedway, where he finished 4th for Team Rahal. He ran in the IRL for Galles Racing in the first three races of the 2001 season, where his best finish was 11th at Homestead-Miami Speedway.