Lilly driver Fittipaldi Completed The First Of A Two Day Test At The Miami-Homestead Oval Today And Was Pleased With The Progress Made. HOMESTEAD, Fla. (May 16, 2002) --- After rain cancelled testing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this past...
Lilly driver Fittipaldi Completed The First Of A Two Day Test At The Miami-Homestead Oval Today And Was Pleased With The Progress Made.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (May 16, 2002) --- After rain cancelled testing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this past Monday and Tuesday, Newman/Haas Racing quickly regrouped and put into place a new plan that included rescheduling the test from Ohio to Florida, booking travel arrangements for the crew and engineering staff, changing the set-up on the No. 11 Lilly Toyota-Lola-Bridgestone race cars from road course configuration to oval and moving the precious cargo to Florida via a 28 hour commute.
Lilly driver Fittipaldi believes the rescheduling was the right decision. "We were rained out on Monday in Ohio and the forecast didn't look so good on Tuesday," said Fittipaldi. "The best case scenario was that if it didn't rain on Tuesday, the temperature would still be too cool for the information to apply to our race there in August. The entire team went in to a 'regroup mode' and reorganized everything for only a few days later and many, many states away. The equipment had to go from Ohio to Chicago to Florida in the space of a few days. The entire process was flawless and it showed the how well this organization works together."
"Apart from that, the test today went very well," added Fittipaldi who completed a total of 336 miles (in two cars) around the 1.5-mile short oval with a best lap time of 27.4. "We were the only team that came here so we didn't have a gauge as to how well we ran but we were able to accomplish a long list of things we needed to test. We actually needed to spend more time on an oval than a road course so everything seems to have worked out for the best and I guess we have Mother Nature to thank for this. The engineers worked hard to dig into the big library of information the team has and the balance of the car was much better. I'm looking forward to making more progress tomorrow."
The Lilly team will complete the second and final day of testing for the 2002 season at the Miami-Homestead oval course tomorrow. The Miller Lite 250, round 4 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship, will take place on June 2 at the historic Milwaukee Mile. Havoline driver da Matta, who is currently third in the Championship standings with 27 points to leader Dario Franchitti who has 34, and Lilly driver Fittipaldi, who is in 10th place with 15 points, will attempt to bring Newman/Haas Racing its seventh victory at the track.
Newman/Haas Racing, owned by actor/race car driver Paul Newman and racing entrepreneur Carl A. Haas, is the most successful team competing in the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series championship with 62 race wins and 63 pole positions. For more information log on to www.newman-haas.com, www.texaco.com/racing or www.cart.com. The 20-race schedule will be broadcast by new television partners CBS, Fox and the Fox-owned Speed Channel.