FORT WORTH, Texas, Wednesday, June 12, 2002 -- Drivers Will Langhorne and Tony Renna passed the speed phases of their Indy Racing League rookie tests June 10 at Texas Motor Speedway. Langhorne, 27, from Warrenton, Va., completed the four-phase...
FORT WORTH, Texas, Wednesday, June 12, 2002 -- Drivers Will Langhorne and Tony Renna passed the speed phases of their Indy Racing League rookie tests June 10 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Langhorne, 27, from Warrenton, Va., completed the four-phase test in 93 laps with a top speed of approximately 212.2 mph around the high-banked, 1.5-mile oval. He drove the No. 99 Grill 2 Go Sam Schmidt Motorsports Indy Car Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone, which Richie Hearn raced to a ninth-place finish June 8 in the Boomtown 500 at TMS.
"He looked very comfortable in the car," said IRL Technical Manager Mark Bridges, who supervised Langhorne's test. "He was very smooth and relaxed. It is obvious he has some talent. The guy is a race car driver.
"Will and Tony are on top of their game. They passed the tests with ease."
Langhorne began Toyota Atlantic competition in 1999 and won one race before finishing second in the rookie of the year point standings. He continued in Toyota Atlantic in 2000, finishing ninth in the overall point standings.
Renna, 25, from Deland, Fla., also drove the No. 99 machine to complete his test in 59 laps at a top speed of approximately 212.9 mph. Supervising the test was three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford, who is responsible for special projects for the Indy Racing League.
"He was very good," Rutherford said. "He knew what the car was doing, and that was impressive. It was windy and warm, and he adapted to the car and the situation well.
"So did Langhorne. They both would fit in very, very well."
Renna, a former Indy Lights and Barber Dodge Pro Series driver, will be the test driver for Kelley Racing's Indy Racing League and Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series teams this season. In addition to his testing duties, Renna will serve as driver coach for Jason Priestley in the Infiniti Pro Series. Renna started racing at age 6 and, in addition to his Indy Lights and Barber Dodge experience, has served as a test driver for PacWest Racing Group's Champ Car effort.