No race car is competitive when it first rolls onto the track. Vehicles require extensive testing in order to fully characterize and optimize performance. The testing team is responsible for getting the car running and reliable. After initial shakedown to ensure all systems are operational, the testing team is in charge of collecting valuable performance data for subsystem leads to utilize to improve future performance. The testing team also works on car setup, tuning, and identifying reliability issues. Testing team is also responsible for training the teams competition drivers and getting team members prepared for maintaining the car during the race weekend.