IRL: Toyota complete Indy tests

Toyota, Target Team complete Indy testing session. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 18, 2002) - For the second time in the last two weeks, the new Toyota Indy V8 engine wrapped up a successful test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Friday, in ...

Toyota, Target Team complete Indy testing session.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Oct. 18, 2002) - For the second time in the last two weeks, the new Toyota Indy V8 engine wrapped up a successful test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Friday, in preparation for entry into the Indy Racing League in 2003.

High winds and less than ideal weather conditions limited the testing to just over 200 miles as Tomas Sheckter piloted a Toyota G Force for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. The test was the first for Toyota with the G Force chassis.

"All in all, things went well this week," said Lee White, group vice president and general manager of Toyota Racing Development: "This is our second test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and while the weather wasn't ideal, we made some progress in testing with a G Force, but there's still a long way to go. This is our first IRL test with Chip Ganassi and Target/Chip Ganassi Racing and a G Force chassis, but we already have a comfort factor with the team so that made things a little easier. It was also a plus being able to evaluate Tomas Scheckter before next season, so the test was beneficial to the team as well."

Scheckter also was pleased with his time at the Indianapols Motor Speedway and the opportunity to test with Toyota and Target Chip Ganassi Racing.

"It's great to be out here at the speedway," said Scheckter, who earned a victory at Michigan in his rookie campaign in the IRL this past season. "The Toyota engine not only sounds great, but it runs great also. TRD is a great company and they have done a lot of work to prepare this engine. Even though they are in the beginning stages of development, they're doing pretty well so far. It's been a good two days and I'm honored that I was chosen to do this test."

-toyota-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Toyota Racing