Honda testing speed impresses Hunter-Reay

Honda testing speed impresses Hunter-Reay


Honda testing speed impresses Hunter-Reay


Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay joined Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in testing Honda Performance Development’s twin-turbocharged engine Nov. 18 at Sebring International Raceway.

“I’m very impressed with the power and delivery,” said Hunter-Reay, whose team announced at the Fontana finale that it was switching from Chevrolet to Honda for 2014. “We’re all happy with how we started testing.

“The development side of it is a lot of fun,” added Hunter-Reay, who was involved in the initial development of Chevrolet’s 2.2-liter V6 for IndyCar competition. “You have an opportunity to customize and personalize and have your impact on a program. What we do right now is important, to get every bit of data out of every day, is crucial to the 2014 championship.

“All the hard work going into it will make a big difference come the season opener at St. Pete. It’s great to get back to it.” 

Added Rahal, ?It was really great to be out here with Bill, (Pappas, race engineer) Eddie (Jones) and all of the guys to go through a list of things to test. For the first time running on a road course, the twin-turbo ran awfully well. We made a lot of changes, made a lot of improvements that will help us going forward and we have some ideas for things that will help us even more. At the end of the day, that’s all we can ask for.?

?I thought the test went very well,? added Pappas, who recently joined the team from Dale Coyne Racing. ?New relationships are all about communication so getting to understand how Graham communicates and how he explains problems with the car were obviously our first order of business. I think I had a pretty good feel for how he explains things and I thought our first day on track together was a very good effort. We were very happy with the performance of the Honda twin-turbo engine. The response and the things that people had issues with last year have been addressed and I look forward to continued work in those areas.? 
The next test is also scheduled at Sebring  on Dec. 18-19.