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Old 01-02-2012, 11:24 PM
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Chevy drivers from Andretti Autosport, KV Racing Technology, Panther Racing and Team Penske had the opportunity to get behind the wheel during the development program that began in early October at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Lotus is scheduled to join on-track testing Jan. 13. HVM Racing is expected to take delivery of the Lotus chassis before Christmas as the host team for the engine program, according to team manager Vince Kremer.

Target Chip Ganassi Racing, A.J. Foyt Racing, Sam Schmidt Motorsports, Rahal Letterman Lanigan, Service Central Chip Ganassi Racing and Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing are aligned with Honda.

The three days of on-track experience before the holiday break was encouraging, according to Honda Performance Development technical director Roger Griffiths.

"It was our first opportunity to use the new McLaren electronics package we will all run in 2012, so a lot of very basic calibration runs and work with the basic engine and gearbox controls had to be completed," he said.

"It's all about learning and systematically exploring the capabilities of the new software and the way it controls the engine. "It was a very encouraging start, but we know there still is much work to be done and we expect development to continue from now until the start of the season.

"Takuma Sato made his first runs in the car, and they were his first laps in a turbocharged race car. He exceeded all of our expectations, both his performance behind the wheel and technical feedback were excellent."

http://www.indycar.com/news/show/55-...ed-by-phase-i/

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