Irish driver Michael Keohane enjoyed an impressive maiden test in Champ Cars when he ran for two days with the Dale Coyne Racing team at the Sebring circuit in Florida last week [13-14th November].

The 23-year old impressed the Illinois-based team recording over 260 miles in one of its 750bhp Ford-Cosworth powered Lolas.

The Irish driver, who has spent most of the past two years in British Formula Three, took to the powerful Champ Car with amazing ease.

"These cars are really fun to drive," reported the former Irish kart champion, "You are never sure of how you will do until you get in one, but I am very pleased with the performance of the car and the way the whole team worked."

Keohane was joined in the test by experienced Czech Republic driver Tomas Enge. The 27-year old, who has an impressive background in F3000 and F1, drove the second Dale Coyne Racing Lola and completed 360 miles over the two days.

"Michael went from a 210 horsepower F3 car to 750 horsepower Champ Car and looked very natural and impressive in doing so," commented team owner Dale Coyne.

"His lap times were within a few tenths of Enge's best, and each driver showed that they have what it takes to be highly competitive in CART."



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