CHAMPCAR/CART: Herta/Zakspeed Phoenix test, day two

Bryan Herta and the Zakspeed/Forsythe Racing Team wrapped up its final day of testing Thursday at Phoenix International Raceway. Completing over 350 miles in his 2001 Ford/Reynard, Herta felt the two-day test was a success. "We came here with...

Bryan Herta and the Zakspeed/Forsythe Racing Team wrapped up its final day of testing Thursday at Phoenix International Raceway. Completing over 350 miles in his 2001 Ford/Reynard, Herta felt the two-day test was a success.

"We came here with several things we wanted to try. We accomplished everything on our list, and finished the test with a new list of tasks for our next test. We definitely learned a lot, and made developments throughout the day." This was Herta's first time back on an oval since his February test at Phoenix last year. "It felt good to be back on a true oval. I ran at Rio last year, but that has been the closest thing to an oval I have run on since this time last year. The weather was ideal, and we were able to complete several long runs."

Herta ran in the top five throughout the two-day test, with up to ten cars on track. The Ford powered cars dominated the test with Papis setting the fastest lap at 20.72. Herta and Brack were also in the 20-second range. "We were right in there in terms of speed. We made several changes yet remained quick. Overall, I am really pleased with the test, and I look forward to testing in Homestead next week."

The Zakspeed/Forsythe Racing Team will continue testing throughout February with Herta, and series newcomer Marcel Tiemann.

-Katie Welch

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bryan Herta , Marcel Tiemann
Teams Team Zakspeed