CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Penske Nazareth test completed succesfully

With just three weeks left before the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix in Nazareth, PA or) April 9, Marlboro Team Penske joined Target/Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Rahal at Nazareth Speedway on March 14-15 to test the Handford MKII wing configuration...

With just three weeks left before the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix in Nazareth, PA or) April 9, Marlboro Team Penske joined Target/Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Rahal at Nazareth Speedway on March 14-15 to test the Handford MKII wing configuration for the first time

Marlboro Team Penske driver Gil de Ferran, was or) hand both days to test the new "Son of Handford" which will be used by all CART teams on short ovals during the 2000 season. De Ferrari turned the fastest laps during both days of testing, recording a beat lap of 19.5 seconds at a speed of 184.615 mph.

"We ran for two days at Nazareth with Gil and were able to cornplete nearly 300 miles" said Tim Cindric. "The track conditions weren't perfect since nobody had run on it for some time, but by the end of the day the track started coming in and we ran a 19.5. On the second day we concentrated on our race setup and running with full tanks. We're happy with our results -- we accomplished what we set out to do and, that was to leave here with a good baseline. set-up for race weekend In April."

"We had a good test at Nazareth." De Ferran continued, "We probably were the quickest car on the track both days, which is always satisfying. I'm happy with the balance of the Marlboro car and hopefully this will translate into a successful rare weekend when we return here in three weeks."

"It was our first time testing the, new wing configuration (Handford MKII which produces more downforce and gives the car a lot more grip. I think that overall the new wing is a better compromise than last year's package. Nazareth is always an exciting track to race on and the new Handford device should improve racing."

In an effort to control the speeds to keep the races safer and more competitive, the 2000 CART rules dictate that all teams use different wing configurations on different tracks. For instance, when Gil de, Ferran and Hello Castro-Neves are running in the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami on March 26 they will have entirely different wings on their 2000 Marlboro Honda Reynards than they will be using at the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix in Nazareth on April, P.

When racing on short ovals like Nazareth drivers reed more downforce applied to the car. The new wing design (Handford MKII) incorporates two trailing edges, which can be removed when on speedways such as Homestead-Miami Speedway, Motegi and Gateway, However, when on short ovals, such as Nazareth, Rio, Chicago and Milwaukee, these trailing edges allow for much more downforce to be utilized in order to keep the car I in control.

According to John Travis, Designer, Penske Racing Inc., "The Handford MKII will apply approximately 30% more. downforce to the 2000 Marlboro Honda Reynard at Nazareth Speedway than without it at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Furthermore, it will apply 8% mare drag to the car at Nazareth than at homestead.

Although the Handford MKII will slow the Cars, down on the straightaways, it will allow for better handling through the corners.

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