Radon Set For Mosport Debut
Monticello, NY –Radon Rn.10 chassis #001 is officially set for its debut following a full-day shakedown test in Monticello, New York, earlier this week. The new F2000 Championship Series car, which has been under development by Radon Sport LLC since 2009, and subject of much speculation, will be under the GTP Motorsports awning at Mosport and is scheduled to be driven by returning F2000 driver Blake Teeter, who last competed at VIR in 2010.
The full-day test at Monticello followed a two-day test in New Hampshire the week of July 3, and allowed the GTP Motorsports team along with engineers from Radon to further bring the car online in anticipation of its competition debut in F2000.
The principal behind the car, Dr. Nathan Ulrich, said: “It's exciting to finally see the car on the race track rather than on my computer screen. Now that the political and rules battles are behind us, we can focus on developing the new car.”
Ulrich expects a solid performance at Mosport, adding: “Mosport is a challenging track, but one that rewards good aerodynamic design, one of the strengths of the Rn.10. I'm sure there will be a steep learning curve for both the team and driver during the weekend, but I'm looking forward to racing again."
The Radon has unique lines for a Formula Continental car, with an integrated engine-cover fin, a low rear wing that connects to the diffuser, along with an aggressive under tray and very sleek looking “Formula 1-style” sidepods.
2006 F2000 Championship Series title winner and open-wheel veteran Matt McDonough is the development driver for the Radon, and shared the day at Monticello with Teeter.
“The car ran great with a few minor glitches,” said McDonough. “Setup work progressed throughout the day and we’re still learning what the design likes. It’s tough to tell how it will compete under race conditions but it seems to be very close.”
Following its trip north of the border for rounds nine and ten of the 2011 F2000 season, July 21-23 with ALMS, four more Radon chassis that are in various stages of completion are expected to hit the track. Ulrich expects multiple cars on the grid for the F2000 doubleheader at Lime Rock Park, September 16-17, with the NASCAR Modifieds.