CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Rahal Sebring testing recap

Successful Sebring test opens Team Rahal winter testing HILLIARD, OH . . . Team Rahal and driver Jimmy Vasser took the first step in their quest for the 2002 CART Championship with a successful two-day test at Sebring International Raceway last...

Successful Sebring test opens Team Rahal winter testing

HILLIARD, OH . . . Team Rahal and driver Jimmy Vasser took the first step in their quest for the 2002 CART Championship with a successful two-day test at Sebring International Raceway last Thursday and Friday. The test was the first chance for new Shell driver Vasser to run the team's Lola B02/00 chassis and the 2002 edition of the Ford-Cosworth XF engine.

As the Ford factory team in CART, one of the primary goals was for Vasser to gain valuable experience with the newest version of the XF engine. Vasser hasn't piloted a Ford engine since 1995 in what was his first season with Gansssi Racing. The team logged nearly 300 miles over the two-day test and focused primarily on building a working understanding of the changes to the Lola and to the Cosworth engine. Unofficially Team Rahal's lap times were among the quickest of the teams that participated in the two-days of testing on the 1.65-mile course at Sebring.

"Things went real good for our first time out," said Vasser the 1996 CART champion. "We didn't' really try to go fast, but we went quick the first day and were able to run a lot of miles over the two days. This is a very strong group of people and I think we are well positioned to contend for the championship."

"For a first time out with the new car and engine we are pleased with the progress we made," said Scott Roembke, Chief Operating Officer of Team Rahal. "Jimmy, his engineer Todd Bowland and the team are making a smooth transition to working together. We are looking to build on the success that was established last season. Everyone at Team Rahal is focused on the championship and working towards that goal."

Team Rahal is a franchise member of Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). Headquartered in Hilliard, Ohio, the team owned by three-time CART Champion Bobby Rahal and CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman, currently fields a Championship Car for 1996 CART champion Jimmy Vasser in the CART FedEx Championship Series and an entry in the Indianapolis 500. The 65-member team enjoys primary sponsorship from the Shell Oil Company in CART and the Miller Brewing Company for the Indy 500.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jimmy Vasser , Bobby Rahal