HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Feb. 20) - Felipe Giaffone and the ...
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Feb. 20) - Felipe Giaffone and the #10 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Chevrolet G-Force wrapped up preparations for the 2002 Indy Racing League season opener with two solid days of testing at Homestead Miami Speedway on Monday and Tuesday.
Giaffone put in 335 miles over the two days on the 1.5-mile Homestead oval - 152 on Monday and 183 on Tuesday. He clocked a fast lap of 27.0 seconds the first day, 26.6 seconds the next. Other drivers testing those days and their unofficial best laps included Helio Castroneves (26.4) and Jacque Lazier (27.14) on Monday, and Lazier again (26.8) on Tuesday. Giaffone returned to the Homestead facility on Wednesday for a full day of pit stop practice. The 2002 IRL season opens March 2 at Homestead.
Giaffone is running for the first time this season with Mo Nunn Racing but with the same Hollywood sponsorship he rode to the 2001 IRL Rookie of the Year title. Team founder and owner Morris Nunn started Mo Nunn Racing in 2000 in the CART FedEx Championship Series with Hollywood and driver Tony Kanaan.
Kanaan, a fifth-year CART veteran, also tested on the Homestead oval on Monday, turning a fast lap of 26.3 seconds during 182 miles behind the wheel of the #10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard. After a day of pit stop practice Tuesday, Kanaan and the Pioneer-WorldCom crew switched to the Homestead 2.2-mile road course for full days of testing Wednesday and Thursday. The CART season opens March 10 at Monterrey, Mexico.
"I think we're in good shape heading into the season. The first day of our test this week, we were working on a lot of different things and didn't get as many miles in. But then, Tuesday, we had a very productive day. We tried a lot of different stuff, so we know where we stand for the race. It' s been good everywhere we've tested so far, except for may Fontana (Test in the West Day 1) because we lost an engine there. But by the end of that test, at least we found the right direction there. We should be alright for the season. It was good that we came back here to Homestead this week because the track changed quite a lot since when were here in December."