IPS: NAMARS Champion Pierce tests at Miami

NAMARS champ Pierce tests Infiniti Pro Series car at Miami. Nashville winner Witherill tests for Hemelgarn/Johnson Motorsports HOMESTEAD, Fla., Monday, Jan. 6, 2003 - Aaron Pierce, the 2002 NAMARS Regional MidgetCar Series champion, tested an...

NAMARS champ Pierce tests Infiniti Pro Series car at Miami.
Nashville winner Witherill tests for Hemelgarn/Johnson Motorsports

HOMESTEAD, Fla., Monday, Jan. 6, 2003 - Aaron Pierce, the 2002 NAMARS Regional MidgetCar Series champion, tested an Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series car for Bowes Seal Fast Racing on Jan. 6 at Homestead-Miami Speedway along with Cory Witherill, who tested for Hemelgarn/Johnson Motorsports.

"It went really good," Pierce said. "The car was a little tight at the beginning, but the guys did a good job in freeing it up. We were able to go fast."

Pierce, from Muncie, Ind., indicated there was a difference in driving an Infiniti Pro Series car with aerodynamics and an engine behind the driver and a midget with an engine in the front, more horsepower with no aerodynamics.

"It's a little different, there's a little bit less horsepower," Pierce said. "You've got to be able to free up the car and go right to the edge."

In the future, Pierce said he'd like to compete in the Infiniti Pro Series and eventually climb to the Indy Racing League and the Indianapolis 500.

"Oh, yeah," Pierce said about the "500." "That's something I've wanted to do for a long time."

Witherill, 31, from Santa Monica, Calif., tested for Hemelgarn/Johnson Motorsports, the team he will compete with in 2003. He and the team won the second Infiniti Pro Series race of 2002 at Nashville Superspeedway.

The second Infiniti Pro Series season starts March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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