|Hello everyone-That’s one more test day in the books! The Barber Motorsports Park series test went really well this past Monday. It was refreshing to get back to a very fast, flowing track to switch pace from the tight streets of St. Petersburg. I had forgotten how fun it was to drive at Barber – especially in the fast “rollercoaster” section of turns 12-13.|
We had a lot of good pace as well during the test. Radical sports cars were also using the track the same day, and the rubber their tires laid down tended to hurt the track conditions so the track got dramatically better throughout each session. We put our two sets of sticker Cooper Tires on at the beginning of two of the four sessions so our position on the final timesheet isn’t an exact indication of where we will be in the race weekend at Barber. All four of the Cape cars were at or near the top at the beginning of sessions. And, we were able to match our times on old tires as the track got better which is generally really difficult to do. So I’m confident we will have strong pace when it counts.
We still have a little bit of time off, so until then, I will continue to prepare for rounds 3 and 4 at Barber (April 30th and May 1st) through training on the sim and at Pitfit, some karting at FasTimes, and a few more test days. That includes a test at the Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park oval early next month. I’m very excited to get back on an oval for the first time since May of last year.
Many thanks to all of those involved in our program. Thanks to Cape Motorsports, the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, Race for RP, Browning Chapman Specialty Contractors, Caldwell Realty and Caldwell Subways, Spruce Cold Brew Cowffee, High Alpha, Cox, Beckman, Goss and Company, Doug Mockett & Company, Prime47, and Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery.
PS. Check out the cool picture below from Barber! It’s one of my favorite tracks!
If you’ve never been to Barber Motorsports Park, one of the coolest things to see are the sculptures at the track. This spider is probably the most famous one. It sits in turns 5 & 6 (which is called Charlotte’s Web by some). Picture credit goes to the Indycar Nation. 🙂