IRL: Toyota Indianapolis test report

Toyota completes two-day Speedway testing session. INDIANAPOLIS,Ind. (Oct. 10, 2002) The new Toyota Indy V8 engine wrapped up two successful days of testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Thursday, in preparation for entry into the Indy ...

Toyota completes two-day Speedway testing session.

INDIANAPOLIS,Ind. (Oct. 10, 2002) The new Toyota Indy V8 engine wrapped up two successful days of testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Thursday, in preparation for entry into the Indy Racing League in 2003.

The Toyota engine ran more than 450 miles over the two days with Gil de Ferran driving a Marlboro Team Penske-prepared Toyota Dallara.

"We experienced some positive things over the past two days," said John Faivre, Toyota Racing Development senior track support manager. "Yet, we have a lot of work ahead of ourselves in catching up with some very tough competition that have a wealth of experience with thes eengines. Fortunately, we have some great teams and drivers to work with along the way, especially when you consider the first two teams (Marlboro Team Penske and Target Chip Ganassi Racing) we're testing with here at the Speedway have combined to win the last three Indianapolis 500s."

De Ferran was optimistic after completing the two-day test session here Thursday.

"I'm satisfied with the progress we're making with the Toyota engine so far," said the two-time CART champion, who finished third in his first IRL season despite missing the season finale. "We're still in the early stages of what will be a long winter preparing for the first race in March."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Chip Ganassi
Teams Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing , Toyota Racing