JUPITER, Fla. – KV Racing Technology recently completed a two-day test with driver Juan Pablo Garcia at Florida’s Palm Beach Int’l Raceway.
Despite this being the first time the former Indy Lights driver has driven an Indy car, the Mexican was able to get comfortable very quickly, allowing the team to work through a lot of testing items.
“First of all, I would like to thank KV Racing Technology for the opportunity to test an Indy car for the first time,” said Garcia. “I also want to thank all the crew for making me feel so comfortable and helping me get up to speed so quickly. Day one went pretty well. At the beginning I was just getting to know the car and track. As I started to feel more confident, I was able to push a little more and by the afternoon I was able to make changes to the downforce, dampers and springs. Yesterday we were worried about the heavy rain coming in, so we maximized our track on time in the morning. I was immediately a second faster than day one, which I was happy with and helped me gain more confidence. You will never forget your first test in an Indy car and I can now say that. I had a great experience and can’t thank the team enough for this.”
“Juan Pablo completed two very successful days of testing at Palm Beach Int’l today,” said Steve Moore, general manager for KV Racing Technology. “The first day’s goal was to get Juan Pablo accumulated with the car and track and then slowly work through some testing items in the afternoon. Juan Pablo was at ease in the car from the start and impressively got up to speed quickly. Yesterday the engineers had an aggressive test plan. However we were able to run through the entire program with Juan’s detailed and precise feedback and gain some valuable data. Overall it has been a great couple of days and it’s been a pleasure to have Juan Pablo in the car.”
Garcia made his debut in Indy Lights in 2009. He went on to complete two more partial seasons followed by three full seasons, finishing sixth in the championship standings last year with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.