Genoa Lights Florida test preview

Genoa Lights Participates in Several Days of Testing in Sunny Florida Planning a couple of days at Palm Beach International Raceway on the road course and a couple of days at Miami-Homestead Speedway on the oval, Genoa Lights left wintry ...

Genoa Lights Participates in Several Days of Testing in Sunny Florida

Planning a couple of days at Palm Beach International Raceway on the road course and a couple of days at Miami-Homestead Speedway on the oval, Genoa Lights left wintry conditions in Indianapolis to join a couple of other teams for a week of testing in Florida. After a very successful test back in November, Richard Philippe and the team continues to deliberately and methodically work its way through the 2009 preparations. Richard is likely to be joined by another driver.

Richard Philippe states: "The November test went really well and was a great springboard for 2009. Now we're just taking the next steps. I feel that I've already demonstrated my skills on the road courses both here in the States as well as in Europe, but there's still a lot of things to work through ... trying some different settings, some different parts, and all the various combinations. I'm also looking forward to more work on the ovals. We'll be working on trimming the car out more, and I'll be continuing to learn how it responds in and out of the draft."

Mark Olson states: "Obviously, the economy is putting a lot of stress on all of the teams, drivers, and sponsors. However, at Genoa, we're committed to putting forth a proper effort, and that means testing. We expect the field to really fill up in the next couple of weeks, and it's important to be prepared. The off-season went by very quickly, and it's personally very satisfying to be back at the track in January. The sunshine and seventy degree temperatures don't hurt the mood at all.

Thomas Knapp states: "The 2009 preparations are coming along nicely. Of course, we've got a long list to work through and that's always the focus. Richard gave us great feedback in November, and we're looking forward to continuing to work our way through the testing plan as efficiently as before.

Spanning 3 decades, Genoa has enjoyed tremendous success with the likes of Ivan Capelli, Thiago Medeiros, Jimmy Vasser, and Greg Ray in Formula 3000, Atlantic Championships, Indy Lights, and IndyCar. Totaling in excess of 220 starts, the team's heritage includes a championship, 16 wins, 18 poles, and a front row start in the 1998 Indianapolis 500.

-credit: gl

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Greg Ray , Jimmy Vasser , Richard Philippe , Ivan Capelli , Mark Olson , Thiago Medeiros