CHAMPCAR/CART: Target Chip Ganassi Racing Laguna test summary

Brack kicks off new year with test in Laguna Fog cancels one day of testing Salinas, California  Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kenny Brack took the seat of his new 2002 Lola for the second time last week at Laguna Seca Raceway. Last year's...

Brack kicks off new year with test in Laguna
Fog cancels one day of testing

Salinas, California  Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kenny Brack took the seat of his new 2002 Lola for the second time last week at Laguna Seca Raceway. Last year's runner-up in the CART FedEx Championship series had the test cut short by dense fog in the region, but still managed to get over a day and a half of testing in the new car.

"It was a little frustrating to have to sit around all day on Wednesday waiting for the fog to clear," Brack said. "But is was a great time to sit chat with the guys. We weren't able to run as much as we had hoped for, but we continue to learn about this car and where we need to improve on it. We'll get another chance to test here next month during sneak preview, hopefully without the fog. That should show us where we're at in comparison to the other teams. We have a very busy off-season testing program and it feels good to have completed 3 tests already. I'm very pleased with what I've seen so far from this team."

Dense fog blanketed the 2.238-mile road course on Wednesday, forcing Brack and Team Target into canceling that day's track activity. The fog finally cleared at around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, allowing Brack and Team Target to hit the track.. After running for most of Thursday and all of Friday, the team did not experience any mechanical problems. Over the weather shortened two-day test, the team experimented primarily with chassis setup in an attempt to find a solid combination of handling and speed in the new Lola.

Team Target managing director Mike Hull continues to be impressed with what he has seen from his new driver.

"Kenny has quickly built a strong rapport with this team," Hull explained. "The engineers and mechanics are starting to know what he likes and doesn't like with the car. That helps us get a step ahead when we unload the car for a test. This was a solid test for us. The Toyota engine was reliable for us once again, which is important when you are trying to turn as many laps as possible. We wanted to focus our off-season testing program on road and street courses. We run so many races on those types of tracks, it is vital that we spend most of our off-season testing there. All of our suppliers have been very helpful since the off-season began. They have been working very hard to deliver us the products that we need. Our season begins in less than two months now, and we have a lot of work ahead of us to make this car competitive."

Kenny Brack continues his busy off-season testing schedule next week in Daytona, Florida. Brack will participate in a testing session on the 2.5-mile superspeedway driving a Chip Ganassi Racing w/Felix Sabates prepared Dodge Intrepid. Team Target will continue their off-season testing schedule January 21-23 in Sebring, Florida.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Kenny Brack , Chip Ganassi , Mike Hull , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing