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Costa tests for Forsythe.

Forsythe Racing made its first foray in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series this week, participating in the October Test Days.

Young Italian Alberto Costa participated in the three-day session, joined by Cheever Racing veteran Christian Fittipaldi in the #16 Pontiac Coyote.

Forsythe Racing race engineer Mike Pawlowski ran the test for team manager and technical director Tom Brown.

"This is very nice," said Costa, who tested with Cheever a year ago but has yet to race in America. "I like this kind of car very much, the driving style is a little different from the formula cars but it's more exciting because the type of track is different with the banking, the car is bigger. I like it, but I have to improve, and I learn another kind of driving style."

The Rolex 24 will be a new form of racing for Costa, whose background is racing open-wheel formula cars in Europe, in races of 45 minutes or less. But he's looking forward to the challenge.

"I like this type of racing because the concentration is at the maximum level all the time," Costa added. "I think that the 24-hour will be even more difficult because you can't relax for only one minute.”

Team principal Eddie Cheever was impressed with the 21-year-old Venetian: "He's learning the type of car, which is the first thing, and he's confirming a lot of work being done with Christian," Cheever stated.

"As we continue to work, he will improve to go in that direction. He's very consistent. He's here again because he had a good test here last year, and we're trying to bring more Italian drivers and more Italian interest to the Rolex 24 At Daytona. He is a good choice."

Fittipaldi meanwhile enjoyed his experience working with Costa at the test: "He's very young and this is his first experience with these cars over here," Fittipaldi continued. "He has a lot to learn, but he has the talent and I'm pretty sure he will be able to pick it up quickly."


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