KV Racing Technologies Stefan Wilson, the younger brother of the late Justin Wilson has passed the rookie orientation required for the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil after completing the necessary laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the opening day of practice for the historical race.
Speaking about his first appearance in the an IndyCar at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Wilson commented by saying:
I went really fast… It was amazing to be out at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway driving an IndyCar for the first time and just a big learning curve. It was great to get through phases 1 and 2 of rookie orientation and so we could focus on phase 3 in the afternoon. After all the anticipation that was building up for this first time, these first laps, it’s great to get out there and just feel it out and know what I’m dealing with the rest of the week. It was really tough because you have to stay within that speed window, you’ve got the speed on your dash so you’re just trying to figure out what you need to do to stay in those speed windows – trying to lift off the gas and accelerate to try and stay in that window. It was the first time I had to do math and try and drive a car at the same time, so I’m looking forward to letting loose and driving the car without worrying about staying under a certain speed.
Speaking about his afternoon session, Wilson commented by saying:
I felt pretty good, we had a goal of getting through ROP today, all three phases and we were able to achieve that. The goal was to get as many laps as possible and get comfortable and just get a good solid data reference for the rest of the week. I feel like we achieved all of those goals and we can sleep on it tonight, come back tomorrow or Wednesday, depending on the weather, and start from the point onward. It was a lot of fun.