INDIANAPOLIS (October 11, 2002) - Homestead-Miami Speedway played host to a CART Champ Car rookie test for 2001 FIA International Formula 3000 champion Justin Wilson earlier this week. Wilson, a native of Sheffield, England, logged nearly 400 miles in a Toyota-powered Lola for 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series champions Newman/Haas Racing on the 1.5-mile oval located in southern Florida.
Wilson felt his first Champ Car experience went well and made his intentions known.
"It was very much a progressive experience and I went quicker and quicker as the day passed," Wilson said. "I was happy with my efforts. It was an enjoyable experience as these cars are all about putting the driver in control. It's obviously my goal to be driving in Formula One or the CART FedEx Championship in 2003 and I just have to keep testing, keep proving to people I can do the job and see what develops from there."
CART Vice President of Racing Operations John Lopes added that CART Steward Chris Kneifel was on hand for the test just after the completion of the inaugural Grand Prix Americas in downtown Miami.
"Chris indicated that Justin was very impressive and provided the kind of feedback we would expect from a driver of his talent level," Lopes said. "We are aware of several teams in the CART paddock with interest in Justin and we hope to see him with CART in 2003."
Wilson is currently competing in the inaugural Telefonica World Series by Nissan. This follows his success in the 2001 F3000 Championship when he became the first British driver to win the series and broke 1999 CART champion Juan Pablo Montoya's records for number of points (71) and podiums (10) in a single season.