RuSPORT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES FIRST TEST OF 2006 Champ Car Atlantic driver Tonis Kasemets joins RuSPORT for test session at Carolina Motorsports Park LOVELAND, Colo., March 14, 2006 -- With the help of an outstanding driver from the Champ Car...
RuSPORT SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES FIRST TEST OF 2006
Champ Car Atlantic driver Tonis Kasemets joins RuSPORT for test session at Carolina Motorsports Park
LOVELAND, Colo., March 14, 2006 -- With the help of an outstanding driver from the Champ Car Atlantic Series, RuSPORT completed its first on-track test session of the 2006 season, at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C.
Tonis Kasemets, a veteran driver from Estonia, joined RuSPORT for the three-day test in Kershaw and enabled RuSPORT to achieve its goals, while simultaneously maximizing the amount of test time allowed by the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford.
In the interest of promoting Atlantic drivers and the Atlantic Series itself, Champ Car rules permit teams to use a driver who competed in the Atlantic series the previous year for a specific number of test days. Kasemets took the majority of the workload in the cockpit in Kershaw, driving for two of the three days that RuSPORT was on the track.
"The first test of the season is always very important," said RuSPORT president Jeremy Dale. "The team did a great job getting through its extensive test program, and Tonis made a significant contribution to that effort. In addition, we were able to test quite a bit of the new IT equipment that our new partner, CDW, recommended and provided to us through our partnership. Overall, the test was a big success."
RuSPORT drivers Justin Wilson and A.J. Allmendinger also participated in the test session, and were pleased at the quick progress the team was able to make.
"I was happy to be on the track again," said Allmendinger. "It seems like it's been a long winter, and I'm ready for the Champ Car season to start. The team has been working hard during the off-season, and we're hoping to keep building on last year's momentum."
"It was good to finally get back into a Champ Car," said Wilson, driver of the CDW/RuSPORT No. 9 car. "Thanks to the hard work of our crew, and Tonis's help, we were able to get up to speed quickly and really start the work we needed to get done. After the successful test in Kershaw, I'm really looking forward to the next test in Fontana."
"I want to thank RuSPORT for choosing me to test their Champ Car," said Kasemets. "It was an unbelievable experience and I learned a lot. The team worked well together, they were very well prepared and the car ran flawlessly for two days. I hope I get the opportunity to do it again."
RuSPORT continues its winter testing program during the week of March 27, on the infield course at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif.