Team Rahal and Shell driver Jimmy Vasser test Mid-Ohio HILLIARD, OH . . .CART franchise member Team Rahal wrapped up a successful single day test at the historic Mid-Ohio Sports Car course which saw Jimmy Vasser and the Shell team fine-tuning...
Team Rahal and Shell driver Jimmy Vasser test Mid-Ohio
HILLIARD, OH . . .CART franchise member Team Rahal wrapped up a successful single day test at the historic Mid-Ohio Sports Car course which saw Jimmy Vasser and the Shell team fine-tuning the team's Champ Car road course package. Vasser took advantage of a two-day break in practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to test in preparation for the upcoming road course events on the CART schedule.
"We have been pretty focused on Indianapolis and qualifying for the Indy 500, but we have to keep our focus on the big picture and once we get back on the CART schedule we will be racing at Laguna Seca and Portland," said Vasser. "It was good to take the road course set-up through the paces and to get a feel for the car again."
Vasser logged 40 laps on the 2.258-mile scenic road course. Vasser's top lap was unofficially 67.8-seconds, which was among the quickest laps posted during the test. Originally scheduled to be a two-day test with both Team Rahal cars, Monday was lost to wet weather. Unseasonably cool conditions prevented most of the competitors from testing during the morning on Tuesday. It wasn't until after the lunch-break the majority of the drivers went on course.
Gigante driver Michel Jourdain Jr. is scheduled to test for Ford-Cosworth next Monday at Mid-Ohio. As the factory team for Ford-Cosworth, Team Rahal is deeply involved in the development of the XF engine for the CART program.
Team Rahal is a franchise member of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). Headquartered in Hilliard, Ohio, the team owned by three-time CART Champion Bobby Rahal and CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman, currently fields a pair of Championship Cars for 1996 CART champion Jimmy Vasser and Michel Jourdain Jr. in the CART FedEx Championship Series and an entry for Vasser in the Indianapolis 500. The 65-member team enjoys primary sponsorship from the Shell Oil Company and the Gigante Group in CART and the Miller Brewing Company for the Indy 500.