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Takuma Sato starts RLL's pre-season testing

After RLL concludes its testing at Barber on Tuesday, the team then relocates to Florida for further testing at Sebring International Raceway on Thursday and Friday. They'll be joined there once again by the Ganassi line-up and by Pagenaud, and also by Lotus Dreyer & Reinbold's new signing Oriol Servia and by Simona de Silvestro in the Lotus HVM Racing #78 car.

Meanwhile Bryan Herta Autosport had a less successful first day of it at the much-anticipated oval test session scheduled for the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval with driver Alex Tagliani, whose last test was in an engine development car on the Homestead-Miami Speedway road course at the start of the year.

"[They] worked hard today to dry the weepers, from the 5" of rain they got here on Saturday," reported Tagliani via Twitter, but in the end the track didn't try sufficiently to allow him to complete anything more than a few installation laps before they had to call it a day.

BHA will try to get some running in on Tuesday instead. Penske's Ryan Briscoe and KV Racing Technology's Tony Kanaan are also due to take part in Tuesday's test session at Texas, which will be concentrating on finalising the oval-specification aero kit for the car for 2012.

"We're going to Texas to make sure of and define what specification we should run the car in aerodynamically," confirmed IndyCar vice president of technology Will Phillips, who said that the series organisers also wanted to see what effect the most recent set of changes to the suspension of the car by manufacturers Dallara was having on the performance and handling of the DW12.

"The intention is to run the cars in similar configurations," Philips told IndyCar.com. "They'll have different setups because I'm not specifying a setup, but similar aerodynamic specification and then step through an agreed program with all three groups."

KV Racing Technology are also scheduled to take part in testing at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California this weekend, with EJ Viso running alongside potential new recruit Rubens Barrichello. Penske's Ryan Briscoe and Will Power, Panther Racing's JR Hildebrand and Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay will also be testing at Infineon, which will be open to the public for free.

"Infineon is one of the most challenging places to test and develop a car," said Viso, who was delighted by the chance to get some quality track time there. "It's a great decision. We pretty have much everything in that track."

There has been no further news about Barrichello formally signing for the team, but KV are still keen to tap into the Brazilian's two decades of F1 development experience to help them get the jump on their IndyCar competitors in the new specification cars.




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fastlane66 - Unregistered

February 22, 2012 4:00 AM

Sato is former professional Keirin Cycle racer in Japan before he Carting and become F1 driver. It's same track like INDY car racing. So Sato will be very strong in INDY Car Racing. If he got fast reliable car and then he can win Championship for Rahal-Letterman team. In the F1, he was not appreciated by F1 fans and teams even though he shows his ability to drive fast. I hope he will end his career in INDY proudly winning Championship. Good luck Sato!



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