Walker Racing completes testing at Homestead and Sebring Indianapolis, IN - March 28, 2002 - Walker Racing used the break in the race schedule to prepare for the rest of the 2002 CART FedEx Championship season by testing at Sebring International...
Walker Racing completes testing at Homestead and Sebring
Indianapolis, IN - March 28, 2002 - Walker Racing used the break in the race schedule to prepare for the rest of the 2002 CART FedEx Championship season by testing at Sebring International Raceway and at the Homestead Motorsports Complex this week. The team encountered no mechanical setbacks during either test with the Reynard/Toyota/Bridgestone combination, allowing for maximum running time for driver Tora Takagi. The Sebring test was the last opportunity for the team to test its road-course set-ups in preparation for the upcoming Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The Sebring test focused on finding the right balance in the car, as this will be crucial to success at the Long Beach circuit, which is comprised of both tight, slow corners and long, fast straights. Walker Racing worked through its pre-test engineering plan steadily throughout the day and Toyota engineers were on hand to continue development work on the traction control of the RV8F engine. Multiple tests were also conducted to generate data about the best combinations with the traction control and the differential settings. Walker Racing worked not only on mechanical grip, but also on making aerodynamic gains as well, using the test to gather data and feedback about several new aerodynamic pieces for the Reynard 02i.
Walker Racing moved on from Sebring to the Homestead Motorsports complex to get as many testing miles as possible on the 1.5 mile oval in preparation for the Bridgestone Potenza 500 in Motegi, Japan, on April 27. The wing package for 2002 utilizes the same configuration for all the ovals except for the season finale in Fontana, California. Walker Racing will use the data acquired during the test at Homestead towards developing the car for the ovals for the rest of the season. The Homestead test also gave the team the opportunity to have its first test of the new 2002 oval package from Reynard for the 02i and the team feels as though its made real gains with the oval configuration, but is continuing to work on developing more consistency with the package.
"With the new racing regulations, obviously being able to put some fast laps is important, as it always has been," says Team Manager Rob Edwards, "but it also creates a bigger need to be able to have fast laps on a consistent basis between stops. We made a lot of progress in this area and we are eager to get to racing on the ovals."
"We were consistently among the quickest of all the teams at both venues," continued Edwards, "so we are particularly encouraged about the next few races coming up. We will continue to develop the car leading up to those events by utilizing as much wind tunnel and 7-post rig time as we can to put ourselves in as competitive a situation as possible."
Walker Racing is based in Indianapolis, Indiana and has begun its 12th season of competition in the CART FedEx Series, partnering with Pioneer Electronics, Denso and Toyota. Walker Racing was the first team to compete in the Indy Racing League and the CART FedEx Series simultaneously.