Servia and Hinchcliffe end Newman/Haas test
15 December 2010 – Oriol Servia and James Hinchcliffe have successfully concluded a two-day test session for Newman/Haas Racing which began on Monday at the Sebring International Raceway.
The test marked a maiden IndyCar outing for 24-year-old Hinchcliffe, with Servia returning to an IndyCar cockpit for the first time since the Motegi race of 2009.
“Today was a very successful day,” said Toronto’s Hinchcliffe. “We managed to get me up to speed pretty quickly and got to the point where I was comfortable enough in the car that we could start doing some setup changes and some development work for the team. It was a huge and successful day in that respect.
“I’m very happy that it didn’t take two days to get up to a reasonable pace and that I was actually able to help the team with their test plans. I’m very grateful to Newman/Haas for the opportunity.
“It’s a great car to drive, a lot of fun; it really lets you push and hustle and I think it’s certainly something I’m looking to get back into in the future. It was great working with my engineer Bruno and Oriol as well - he was a huge help over the two days. I can’t thank both of those guys enough and the whole team for the chance.”