IRL: CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Target concludes successful Indy 500 test

Brack returns to IMS for first time since 1999 500 victory. Indianapolis, Indiana - On Monday and Tuesday, Team Target driver Kenny Brack turned his first laps in an open-wheel car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since his victory in the 1999 ...

Brack returns to IMS for first time since 1999 500 victory.

Indianapolis, Indiana - On Monday and Tuesday, Team Target driver Kenny Brack turned his first laps in an open-wheel car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since his victory in the 1999 Indianapolis 500. Brack turned a quick lap of over 226 mph in the No. 22 Target G Force/Chevrolet. Joining Brack at the two-day test were full-time Chip Ganassi Racing driver Jeff Ward and CART teammate Bruno Junqueira. Brack was happy to back at the legendary 2.5-mile oval.

"It's great to be back at Indianapolis," Brack said. "What a great feeling to turn laps at the site of my greatest achievement in racing. We got a lot done over the two days. We weren't after top one-lap speeds, we were just trying to make the car comfortable to drive and I think we got that accomplished. The main thing is to make the car race ready. It's a long race and a lot can happen during those 500 miles. It's been a long 3 years, but it's worth the wait."

Full-time Chip Ganassi Racing IRL driver Jeff Ward also turned laps on the 2.5-mile oval, recording a fast speed of over 224 mph. Ward, who has three top-5 finishes in 5 starts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, felt that the test was a step in the right direction for the team.

"It was great to be able to develop a rapport with my teammates," Ward explained. "We were able to share information and learn a lot from each other over the two days. Although we learned a lot from the test, we still have a ways to go to be race ready. Our car was pushing quite a bit, but we kept improving it little by little. This is my favorite track in the world and it feels great to be back."

Second year driver Bruno Junqueira joined Brack above the 226 mph plateau. Junqueira, who finished fifth in his first Indy 500 last year was excited to return to the cockpit of the Target G Force/Chevrolet.

"It was a good test for us," Junqueira said. "We learned a lot about this year's car and what we'll need to do when we come back here next month. I have a lot more confidence this year and I think that we'll be a contender for a victory this year."

Team Manager Rob Hill was pleased with the outcome of the two-day test session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

"The test went very well for Team Target," Hill said. "We were able to get a lot accomplished in two days. The drivers were able to get a lot of track time and we didn't have any mechanical problems. We ran a lot of different combinations of setups to get a feel for what we need when we come back here in May."

The Chip Ganassi Racing IRL team will travel to Nazareth, PA this weekend for the Firestone Indy 225 to be held on Sunday, April 21. The Target Chip Ganassi Racing CART team travel to Motegi, Japan next week for the Bridgestone Potenza 500 on Saturday, April 26, where driver Kenny Brack is the defending champion.

Team Target will return to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 5th as practice begins for the 86th running of the Indianapolis 500.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jeff Ward , Bruno Junqueira , Kenny Brack , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing