JOURDAIN JR. STARTS A SECOND TWO-DAY TESTING SESSION AT HOMESTEAD
Herdez backed driver Michel Jourdain Jr. started today his second two-day testing session at the 1.5-mile circuit of Homestead in Florida. His first official testing with the new package for the 1999 FedEx Championship Series season (a Lola chassis with a Ford-Cosworth engine and Firestone tires) was held one month ago in the same venue.
Also, on the same track were testing the teams: Arciero-Wells, KOOL/Green, Patrick Racing, Target/Chip Ganassi and Tasman. Due to the rainy conditions in the morning, the Herdez/Payton-Coyne Racing Team had to start late the session and around 11:30 a.m. the Mexican driver began his testing session completing 55 laps during the day.
Michel Jourdain Jr., Car #19 Herdez-Viva Mexico! Team: "We didn't complete as much laps as we wanted due to the rainy conditions. We tested different set-ups and towards the end of the session, the engineers decided to make a big change in the suspension. Unfortunately, we didn't have enough time to test it. This was not really a speed test; I was faster in the testing in November. Now, we are trying to improve the car, because entering the corners the car has a lack of grip in the rear, but the team is working on the problem and I think tomorrow the car will be better."
Ben Bowlby, Chief Designer, Lola Cars, Ltd.: "We were just establishing the set up and getting sensitive with the chassis using Firestone tires. The performance of the car is different with these tires than with the Goodyear that we used during the last season. Testing several changes on toe, camber, heights, springs, etc. we made adjustments to understand better the car, in order to anticipate the correct set up for the '99 chassis. This time we used the B98/00 and the updated kit will be ready at the end of January."