Team Motorola completes Lola oval evaluation INDIANAPOLIS--Team Motorola and driver Michael Andretti undertook a new challenge this week by completing their first evaluation test of a Lola chassis. The team conducted a two-day test (Tuesday and...
Team Motorola completes Lola oval evaluation
INDIANAPOLIS--Team Motorola and driver Michael Andretti undertook a new challenge this week by completing their first evaluation test of a Lola chassis. The team conducted a two-day test (Tuesday and Wednesday) on the 1.5-mile oval of Homestead Speedway and ran 238 trouble free laps with a quick time of 26.53 seconds.
The goal for Team Motorola was two-fold during the test; evaluate the performance of the 2002 Lola chassis and put as many miles as possible on the package to insure it's endurance and reliability. Team Motorola driver Michael Andretti was already scheduled for the two test days at Homestead and his familiarity with the Lola chassis allowed a natural fit for this type of evaluation.
"I think the test went very well," said Andretti. "Team Motorola did an awesome job of preparing the car and we didn't miss a beat all test. Although the aerodynamic configuration wasn't the optimum for this track, we were still quick and were able to gather a lot of information on the Lola."
The year 2002 marks Andretti's 19th season in Champ Car racing and he currently holds the record for most career victories (41) and most career starts (291) for active Champ Car drivers.
Team manager Tony Cotman oversaw the test and was impressed with the faultless performance of the car throughout the evaluation. "It was a pretty tough task but Team Motorola pulled it off well. This was like having a first test day in the middle of the season," said Cotman. "It was a total team effort to get the Lola on track and the car ran flawlessly for two days so we're pretty pleased at this point. Now we'll take the information from this test and go back to Indianapolis to make some decisions about the chassis. We will definitely run the Reynard chassis at Long Beach, but beyond that we're not 100 percent sure."
Team Motorola has now returned to their Indianapolis shop to begin preparations for their next race, which will be in Long Beach, California, on April 14, 2002.