WILL POWER GETS FIRST TASTE OF OVAL IN MILWAUKEE TEST MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (April 26, 2006) -- Team Australia Champ Car driver Will Power got his first taste of oval racing today during an official rookie test at the Milwaukee Mile ...
WILL POWER GETS FIRST TASTE OF OVAL IN MILWAUKEE TEST
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (April 26, 2006) -- Team Australia Champ Car driver Will Power got his first taste of oval racing today during an official rookie test at the Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin.
Gearing up for the Milwaukee Mile round in June, Power joined the three other rookies in the Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford for a rookie test at the famous venue.
The test proved very successful for Power, who learnt his race craft some of the world's most famous road courses in Australia and Europe.
"Running on the oval was definitely a different feel," said Power.
"We came here to learn how to do well on an oval. This morning was more about getting a feel for the track. I got a better grip on the speed and how to drive smoothly on an oval.
"After lunch I was able to push harder and make changes to the car to make the drive more consistent. We ran on two sets of tires, so it wasn't a massive test, but enough to get a good start for the race in June.
"There is no doubt that today's run was worthwhile and that I have taken a lot away from the experience."
Getting acclimatized to the track was the main priority for the team.
"Will did very well today having completed 165 laps," said Team Australia co-owner Derrick Walker.
"Time wise, Will was probably one of the quickest out on the track. While we did well on the time sheets, that was not necessarily our goal.
"This was Will's first time on an oval, so we wanted to get him used to the feel of the track and be prepared for when we are back at Milwaukee in June."
The team returns to Milwaukee, the oldest operating race track in the world, on June 4, for The Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225 which will be a two day event.
Milwaukee hosted its first race in 1903, eight years before the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1911.
Power will join his Team Australia teammate Alex Tagliani in the next round of the Champ Car World Series in Houston on May 12-13. This will be a Saturday night race under lights.