Integra Motorsports Ready for Strong Second Half Championship-winning engineer has team already looking ahead to 2009 Indianapolis, IN (10 July May, 2008)--No matter what racing school a driver attends, instructors will always emphasize the ...
Integra Motorsports Ready for Strong Second Half
Championship-winning engineer has team already looking ahead to 2009
Indianapolis, IN (10 July May, 2008)--No matter what racing school a driver attends, instructors will always emphasize the importance of racers keeping their eyes well ahead of the car to find the fastest way forward.
As a team, Integra Motorsports is taking that lesson to heart as it prepares for the second half of the 2008 Firestone Indy Lights season while keeping a firm eye ahead to the 2009 campaign.
The Brownsburg-based organization continues to grow, recently adding more strength to the team infrastructure with the addition of Doug Zister, who served as engineer for both the 2005 and 2006 Indy Lights Championships. Zister joined the team for the Iowa round to work with Integra Motorsports driver Jonny Reid, and the two have made steady improvement both in testing and during the race weekends.
That progress was demonstrated this past weekend in the Corning Duels at the Glen, as rookie Reid took his first top-ten result since making his Firestone Indy Lights Series debut in the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With three rounds of oval racing and four road course races remaining in the 2008 season, Reid and Zister will get the chance to build on that result and lay the groundwork for the future.
"It's a big help for me to work with someone who has so much experience like Doug," said Reid, who scored runner-up in the 2008 A1GP Championship before moving Stateside to pursue his Indy dreams. "It's a steep learning curve on the ovals, but I feel as though I've made a ton of progress and I'm looking forward to continuing that this weekend in Nashville. Obviously, it was good to be back on a road course this weekend at the Glen and I'm also looking forward to Mid-Ohio and Infineon, but I really want to be fighting further up front on the ovals, and I think we are moving forward on that side of our program as well."
The back and forth oval and road course schedule is a challenge for the Integra Motorsports squad, but the team is up to the task and is already working on finalizing an extensive testing schedule on both ovals and road course circuits following the 2008 championship conclusion at Chicagoland in September.
"The results haven't shown how much progress we've made even since the season started, but so long as we keep with the same methodology, we know that those results will come," said team principal David Hunt. "Jonny has done a great job considering that he joined the series late and that the ovals are a completely new challenge for him. He's been working well with Doug, who we are very fortunate to have working with us and is a great asset for this team. We are focused on building continuity with our team, from top to bottom to have things already in top gear for 2009 starting with our fall testing program."