IRL teams prepare for season opener at Homestead.
HOMESTEAD, Fla., Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002 -- Four Indy Racing League teams fielding five drivers tested Dec. 4 at the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for the 2003 IRL season opener March 2.
Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Scott Dixon and Tomas Scheckter, Andretti Green Racing test driver Dan Wheldon, 2002 Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series champion A.J. Foyt IV and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves participated in the first of two days of testing.
"We just want to get a lot of miles for Honda and us," said Kyle Moyer, team manager for Andretti Green Racing, which will field Michael Andretti, Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan during the 2003 IRL season. "We're new to the series, except for Indy, and we're also working with Danny (Wheldon), to learn more about him. Michael and Dario have been taking time out, but right now, they're both antsy to get back in."
The only incident of the day occurred at approximately 11:20 a.m. EST when IRL rookie A.J. Foyt IV spun and made contact with the outside retaining wall in Turn 4. His No. 14 Dallara/Chevrolet/Firestone sustained left-side damage. Foyt was transported to Homestead Hospital for observation but was not admitted.
An inspection of the car following the accident revealed that it had been caused by a suspension failure, according to team owner A.J. Foyt.
"Everything was going good until something broke on the car coming out of (Turn) 4," said young Foyt. "I had been having most of my problems with the car pushing in Turns 1 and 2 and actually was getting through (Turns) 3 and 4 pretty good. We were running good times compared to everyone else, which sort of surprised me since our motor had over 300 miles on it. We're planning to get back on the track tomorrow and just get some more miles in."
Indy Racing League testing will continue Dec. 5 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.