For the second consecutive year, PacWest is the first FedEx Championship Series team to receive the new Reynard chassis. This responsibility highlights the close relationship between the two performance partners, which resulted in another CART ...
For the second consecutive year, PacWest is the first FedEx Championship Series team to receive the new Reynard chassis. This responsibility highlights the close relationship between the two performance partners, which resulted in another CART Constructors' Championship for Reynard in 1999.
In fact, PacWest has been entrusted with the pre-season development of the 2000 Reynard gearbox, with PacWest drivers conducting over 1200 miles of transmission testing since August 1999.
"We're very excited to see the 2KI on the shop floor, especially after being involved in the development of the gearbox," remarked PacWest's Vice President of Racing Operations John Anderson.
"It looks like the new car is a major departure from previous Reynard chassis, and in conjunction with the new Mercedes-Benz engine, we're looking forward to some early testing to get to know the package," explained Anderson. "I'm optimistic that PacWest and our partners will really shake things up in the 2000 season."
Bruce Ashmore, Technical Director of Reynard North America, echoed Anderson's belief in the chassis' potential.
"We are very excited about the new aero package for the 2KI," declared Ashmore. "Barry Ward, our chief designer, and Andy McAuley, our chief aerodynamicist, have done an outstanding job with the development, and we're looking forward to seeing our improvements reflected on the track. We are pleased to be involved with PacWest again this year."
PacWest Lights driver Tony Renna will turn the first hot laps in the 2KI Reynard during a December 2 shakedown test at the Putnam Park road course outside Indianapolis. Mauricio Gugelmin will assume testing duties for December 9-10 and December 20-21 sessions in Sebring, while teammate Mark Blundell will test at the same venue on January 10 and 11.
"There is no substitute for testing, and being the first team to receive the new chassis is a definite bonus," commented Blundell, driver of the #18 Motorola Mercedes-Benz. "The whole PacWest team is hungry to win, and I'm confident that we have the package and the people to return to victory lane."