Andretti Green Racing Makes First Appearnace A The Milwaukee Mile As t Part Of Abbreviated Open Tes t WEST ALLIS, Wis. (June 17, 2004) - Fresh off its third Indy Racing LeagueÂ® (IRL) IndyCarÂ® Series...
Andretti Green Racing Makes First Appearnace A The Milwaukee Mile As t Part Of Abbreviated Open Tes t
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (June 17, 2004) - Fresh off its third Indy Racing League® (IRL) IndyCar® Series win of the season, Andretti Green Racing (AGR) went back to work at The Milwaukee Mile as part of the IRL's fourth open test of the year.
All four Andretti Green drivers participated in the test in preparation for what will be the Round 9 of the 2004 IndyCar Series schedule on July 25 and the series' first race on the flat one- mile oval. The test, which began yesterday, was originally slated to be a two-day event, but rain forced the cancellation of today's practice.
Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon recorded the fastest lap among the AGR quartet, circling the track at 160.839 miles per hour (22.7184 seconds) and was followed by Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan, who clocked in at 159.827 miles per hour (22.8622 seconds). The speeds posted by Wheldon and Kanaan ranked eighth and 12th, respectively, among the 21 drivers that saw track time.
ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti posted the 15th fastest speed at 158.984 miles per hour (22.9834 seconds), while XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta ranked 20th at 157.355 miles per hour (23.8310 seconds). In all, the four AGR drivers compiled 432 miles of testing, led by the 141 turned by Wheldon.
Sam Hornish Jr. and his teammate, Helio Castroneves, topped the speed chart at Milwaukee with quick laps of 164.868 miles per hour (22.1632 seconds) and 164.582 miles per hour (22.2017 seconds), respectively. Scott Sharp was third at 163.707 miles per hour.
Andretti Green Racing will now shift its focus to Round 6 of the 16-race schedule, which is slated for June 26 at Richmond International Raceway.
Kyle Moyer, General Manager, Andretti Green Racing:
"We certainly wish our results would have been a little bit better this week at the test, but the important thing is the race and we've got some time to get it right for that. We'll put our noses to the grindstone, get after it and we'll be OK."
Dan Wheldon, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"It's nice to be back in the car and try to get the Texas result out of our system. We're just working as a team, the four of us (AGR drivers), on getting ourselves a good race car. We're a little bit behind on these short tracks. We've obviously got Richmond coming up and we're just trying to make sure that we're the best prepared for the shorter ovals as we can be. We're a little bit behind right now, but the Klein Tools/Jim Beam team has done a good job and I'm sure we'll get there."
Tony Kanaan, #11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We learned a little bit, but it wasn't our best test ever. We just struggled a little bit to get the Team 7-Eleven car the way we need it. But, that is why you go to tests. We'll work on what we learned yesterday and hopefully be a lot better when we go back for the race."
Dario Franchitti, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"Any time you run on the track, you're hopefully learning stuff. We obviously didn't have a very good test. We had some things we were planning to run today and were hoping to get some answers as to how to improve the ArcaEx car, but we didn't get a chance to run, which is unfortunate. Hopefully, we'll get it headed in the right direction."
Bryan Herta, #7 XM Satellite Radio Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We were looking forward to the second day of testing. We struggled a little to find a good setup for the XM Satellite Radio car, but we were improving through the day. We still needed to do some more things, though, so the rain definitely hurt us. The good news is we have the data from yesterday and we have time to sort through it so we can come back ready to go for the race."