Three-Day Test at Homestead-Miami Speedway Successful for SPM
 January 30, 2015| 
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INDIANAPOLIS - Schmidt Peterson Motorsports took full advantage of the three-day Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires open test this week, honing setups with all four drivers during a combined 1,126 laps on the road course and oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

SPM, a seven-time Indy Lights championship team, tested on Homestead-Miami's 2.21-mile, 14-turn road course Jan. 26-27 and on its 1.5-mile oval Jan. 29. It was the first test in 2015 with all four of SPM's Indy Lights drivers: Jack Harvey, Ethan Ringel, RC Enerson and Scott Anderson.

"Testing is even more productive now that our Indy Lights team is solidified," SPM co-owner Sam Schmidt said. "Scott Anderson completing our driver lineup is helpful because he can contribute and adds another voice to the equation. We've put the pieces of the puzzle in place, which now allows us to focus on racing."

The session Thursday, Jan. 29 was the only test day on a high-speed oval before the Indy Lights season takes off March 28 on the Streets of St. Petersburg.

"The manufacturer provides some data and some setup for us," SPM Indy Lights Team Manager Dave Higuera said. "But they tested in Indianapolis; they didn't test at Homestead. So it's our engineering's job to get the notes from Indianapolis, apply them to Homestead with our test experience, see how our notes work, see how the past relates to the future and put it all together.

"The first couple of laps are interesting, but then we got to a point where we were able to start tuning on the car. It was nice because we started making changes on the car, and it was actually responding to the changes, so that's a positive."

Anderson, 24, finished Thursday's oval test third overall with a speed of 187.833 mph. Enerson, Harvey and Ringel finished seventh, ninth and 11th, respectively, at 185.373, 184.792 and 182.653.

"You obviously want to be on top of the charts, which we haven't been, but I feel like we've definitely made progress in the areas we needed to," Higuera said. "I think our knowledge base is getting bigger. It's always difficult to gauge what your competitors are doing when the parameters in racing are much tighter than in testing. Our philosophy in testing is more race-oriented. I feel like we're in a really good place right now."

SPM will continue its preseason road-course testing Feb. 18-19 at NOLA Motorsports Park and Feb. 24-25 at Barber Motorsports Park.

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