IRL: Team Rahal Phoenix test report

Team Rahal and Kenny Brack wrap up two days of Phoenix testing. HILLIARD, OH . . . Team Rahal and 1998 Indy Racing League champion Kenny Brack continued pre-season preparations for with two days of testing at Phoenix International Raceway on ...

Team Rahal and Kenny Brack wrap up two days of Phoenix testing.

HILLIARD, OH . . . Team Rahal and 1998 Indy Racing League champion Kenny Brack continued pre-season preparations for with two days of testing at Phoenix International Raceway on Monday and Tuesday of this week. Brack logged nearly 250 miles in the Pioneer/Miller Lite/Honda/Dallara/Firestone posting competitive speeds on the one-mile PIR track.

"We made some significant progress on our learning curve," said Brack. "The process of understanding a new chassis and working with our new partners on the Honda engine program is one that will take time to gel. Fortunately that process has been expedited because of the quality of people the make up our team and the Honda team. As good as I feel about where we are today I know there is still a lot of preparation to be done for the season opener at Homestead. Next week's "Test in the West" will be a good barometer of where we are competitively with the rest of the field."

Team Rahal IndyCar series team manager, Steve Dickson, was impressed with the progress made through what was only the second test for Brack and the new Pioneer/Miller team. "It was a productive two days for the team, especially considering the lengthy test list we started with," said Dickson. "The biggest thing for Kenny and the Pioneer/Miller team is just building a familiarity mechanically with the car and the engine."

Team Rahal's IndyCar series program will return to testing with next week's "Test in the West" at Fontana and Phoenix. The 2003 Indy Racing League season kicks off with the Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead Miami Speedway February 28-March 2.

Team Rahal is now in its second decade as one of the leading open-wheel racing teams in North America. Based in Hilliard, Ohio, the team is co-owned by three-time CART champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal and CBS LATE SHOW host David Letterman. Currently the team campaigns cars in the Bridgestone presents the Champ Car World Series powered by Ford, the IRL IndyCar Series and the Toyota Atlantic Championship. The 65-member team enjoys primary sponsorship from the Gigante Group in the Champ Car World Series, Pioneer Electronics and the Miller Brewing Company in the IndyCar Series and Argent Mortgage Company in the Toyota Atlantics Championship.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Kenny Brack