Wilson shakes off rust with Andretti test

By indycar.com staff

With his sights set on securing a top-level ride in Firestone Indy Lights, Stefan Wilson spent his Super Bowl weekend testing with with Andretti Autosport at Firebird International Raceway.

Wilson was eager to be back in the car after nearly a six-month layoff, having last raced at Kentucky Speedway last August. The chance to test with the championship-winning team at Andretti Autosport was an added bonus.

“Six months is a long time to be out of the car,” Wilson said. “I was full of anticipation to get back on the track – especially in an Andretti car. They’re such a competitive team and you can see how much effort the whole team puts in. The car looks impeccable and handled well straight out of the box.”

Teamwork was an important part of the testing equation during both days on track. Early on in the first session, Wilson’s engineers were able to make improvements and adjust the setup to suit his driving style. After a couple new tire runs, Wilson was able to end the day in P1 of 2.

Andretti Autosport’s engineer, Stu Kenworthy, was pleased with the test as well. “It was a very productive test,” he says. “We accomplished everything we set out to. Stefan made no mistakes. He was consistently very quick and his feedback was excellent. I feel he’d fit in very well here at Andretti Autosport.”

Day two brought a variety of test items and three new drivers. Despite running out of time to complete the entire test plan, Wilson was still able to secure the fastest time on the timesheets for the day and weekend against several drivers who have signed for 2011. He really enjoyed working with the engineering staff and is confident that a second test will bring even greater improvements.

“Overall, I felt the test went really well,” says Wilson. “I was able to showcase my skill to one of the best teams in Indy Lights. I showed work ethic and speed, but also gave precise feedback. I was able to put in consistent laps without mistakes, which allowed the team to fully evaluate the setup changes. That’s exactly what I wanted to accomplish.”

source http://www.indycar.com/

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