CHAMPCAR/CART: Tasman testing at Homestead

And They're Off Tasman Motorsports kicked off its winter testing program with a three-day run at Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex in Homestead, Florida this week. Tony Kanaan logged over 350 laps on the 1.5-mile oval in his debut with...

And They're Off

Tasman Motorsports kicked off its winter testing program with a three-day run at Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex in Homestead, Florida this week. Tony Kanaan logged over 350 laps on the 1.5-mile oval in his debut with the Reynard 99I.

"It felt great to get back on the track," said Kanaan. "We had a very good test. It's a new car so obviously we are still learning, but I am pretty pleased. I think the new car seemed to have more grip and was more consistent at this stage.

"We were focusing on collecting information to work for next year and not looking for lap times. I think our best time was a 25.68 (seconds)."

Following a rain delay Monday morning, Kanaan got up to speed with 44 laps in the '98 Reynard before switching to the new chassis mid-afternoon. There were no reliability issues throughout the three days.

"The test went very well," said Steve Horne. "Tony has improved his driving immensely on the oval. He had a few tips from other drivers and some input from the team, and he put it to good use. The car was working well on control tires, and I was happy with our new engineering combination."

(As noted last week, Diane Holl has been promoted to Engineering Manager, with data acquisition engineer Martin Pare and Indy Lights engineer Eric Cowdin moving up as joint race engineers on Kanaan's program. Tasman's test team manager is Howard Minckler.)

Tasman Motorsports will resume its testing schedule on January 7 at the Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex road course.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Steve Horne