Kelley Racing completes Homestead Open Test. Indianapolis, IN (January 29, 2004)--Kelley Racing completed their first open test of the 2004 Indy Racing League IndyCar SeriesÂ® season today at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for the...
Kelley Racing completes Homestead Open Test.
Indianapolis, IN (January 29, 2004)--Kelley Racing completed their first open test of the 2004 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series® season today at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for the February 29 season opener at the track. The No. 8 Delphi entry ran a total of 305 trouble-free laps on the newly configured 1.5-mile oval over the course of the two-day test and posted a top speed of 214.257 mph/24.9513 seconds.
Team manager Paul Harcus oversaw the test for Kelley Racing and was pleased with the progress of the Kelley Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone entry. "This was a good test for Kelley Racing," said Harcus. "We had a much better car today and Scott (Sharp) was very pleased with the direction we're heading in preparation for the season opener. We spent most of today running in traffic and working on a race set-up and I think we have a good car for the race. We will spend the next few weeks looking for speed for qualifying and I think we'll be in a good position come late February."
Scott Sharp, driver of the No. 8 Delphi entry, was also pleased with their testing results. "Overall I'm pretty pleased with the new package and the things the Delphi crew have been working on during the winter," said Sharp. "We got the car working much better today and I really worked with Andy (Borme) on our race set-up and I think we have a good car. I'm really excited about working with Andy this season and the team seems very enthused and in a good state of mind overall. We will definitely need to find more speed for qualifying but I do believe we are headed in the right direction."
The open test was the first opportunity for most teams to run the re-configured Homestead-Miami Speedway and Alex Barron posted the top speed at 218.618 mph.
The Kelley Racing team will now return to Indianapolis to prepare for the season-opening Toyota Indy 300, which will take place February 29 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast on ESPN and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network. For Toyota Indy 300 ticket information log onto www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.