MARIO ROMANCINI AND CONQUEST RACING FINISH IN TOP TEN OF THE IZOD INDYCAR SERIES OPEN TEST AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK. Birmingham, AL (February 25, 2010) - Conquest Racing and Mario Romancini completed two days of testing at Barber Motorsports...
MARIO ROMANCINI AND CONQUEST RACING FINISH IN TOP TEN OF THE IZOD INDYCAR SERIES OPEN TEST AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK.
Birmingham, AL (February 25, 2010) - Conquest Racing and Mario Romancini completed two days of testing at Barber Motorsports Park with a recorded fast lap of 1:10.5487, a time which ranked the team tenth fastest on the 17-turn, 2.38 mile circuit. This was the team's first outing at the track and Romancini's first real test in an IZOD IndyCar Series car.
Head engineer, Mike Pawlowski, was pleased with the results. "We had a couple good days of testing, and I'm very happy with Mario's performance. I was really impressed with his speed and feedback. He was quick right away, and over the course of the two days he continued to improve his times. Overall I think Mario did a great job, and I am looking forward to working with him this season."
Day one of testing was used to give Romancini as much seat time as possible to adjust to the car while the team learned the rookie's driving style. With comfort established, the team switched gears on day two and utilized their time on track to test different setups and record data.
"I'm very happy to finish in the top ten today considering it was our first time at this track," said Romancini. "Yesterday I spent the day just trying to learn the new car. I felt pretty comfortable in the car today so I was able to work with the engineers on a few different setups. We obviously still have some work to do, but I think these two days show that we have potential to be very competitive this season."
Team owner Eric Bachelart was equally satisfied with the efforts of his team. "I am obviously very pleased with this test. Mario has adapted very well to the car and he has communicated wonderfully with Mike and the Team. He has done all what we asked him to do and showed some good speed on track. All of the guys did a great job as well, making sure that the car ran flawless during these two days. We can't wait to start the season in Saõ Paulo!" said Team Owner Eric Bachelart.
Romancini heads down to Brazil this weekend to begin race preparations for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season opener, the Saõ Paulo Indy 300, taking place in the streets of Saõ Paulo, Brazil on March 13 and 14.
-source: conquest racing