PacWest gets new Reynard chassis

PacWest has stepped up its preparation for next year's Champ Car series with the delivery of its new Reynard chassis

PacWest gets new Reynard chassis

The team has also been entrusted with the pre-season development of the 2000 Reynard gearbox, with the team's drivers conducting over 1,200 miles of transmission testing since August.

'We're very excited to see the 2KI on the shop floor, especially after being involved in the development of the gearbox,' said PacWest's vice president of racing operations John Anderson.

'It looks like the new car is a major departure from previous Reynard chassis, and in conjunction with the new Mercedes-Benz engine, we're looking forward to some early testing to get to know the package.

'I'm optimistic that PacWest and our partners will really shake things up in the 2000 season.'

Bruce Ashmore, technical director of Reynard North America, echoed Anderson's belief in the chassis' potential.

He said, 'We are very excited about the new aero package for the 2KI.

'Barry Ward, our chief designer, and Andy McAuley, our chief aerodynamicist, have done an outstanding job with the development, and we're looking forward to seeing our improvements reflected on the track. We are pleased to be involved with PacWest again this year.'

PacWest Lights driver Tony Renna will test the 2KI Reynard at Putman Park road course, outside Indianapolis on December 2.

Mauricio Gugelmin will assume testing duties for December 9-10 and December 20-21 sessions in Sebring, while team-mate Mark Blundell will test at the same venue on January 10 and 11.

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