CHAMPCAR/CART: Fern?ndez Racing Homestead road course test notes 2002-02-21

Fernández Racing Continues Progress at Homestead Test HOMESTEAD, Fla. (February 21, 2002) ^Ö Fernández Racing wrapped up day two of a scheduled three-day test outing, with Adrián Fernández and Shinji Nakano adding another 360 miles to their...

Fernández Racing Continues Progress at Homestead Test

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (February 21, 2002) ^Ö Fernández Racing wrapped up day two of a scheduled three-day test outing, with Adrián Fernández and Shinji Nakano adding another 360 miles to their tally on Homestead Miami Speedway's 2.1-mile road course.

With the CART FedEx Championship Series season-opener ^Ö the Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix ^Ö right around the corner, the team has been focusing on race weekend preparations for the March 10 venue, one of its major events.

"We're making good progress on our learning curve to become familiar with the Lola and learn the different attitudes of the car and how it responds to changes," noted Tom Anderson, co-owner and managing director.

"We are really focusing on getting a good baseline for the cars as we get ready to head to Monterrey. While we are not totally focused on speed at the moment, that's obviously our ultimate goal."

Both Fernández and Nakano felt positive about the day, although Nakano lost a bit of track time with a mechanical problem in the early afternoon.

"I still have too much understeer, so we are working on changes to the car to make this better," said Nakano. "I had a small mechanical problem that cost us some laps, but we still had a good day."

"It was a good day," echoed Fernández. "We worked on a lot of things including pit stop practice and full-tank runs, and are focusing more toward race weekends so we will be ready."

"Friday will be a '50-mile' day for Adrian," added Anderson. "We planned on saving test days for each driver that we will use at the Homestead oval in March, and at Milwaukee and Elkhart Lake in May. Shinji's already used his 50-mile day, so he will have a full day of running tomorrow. Our winter testing program is rapidly coming to a close."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Shinji Nakano , Tom Anderson