SBRS: Homestead Rookie Andre Nicastro shows how it''s done

(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) Mar. 24, 2000 -Rio de Janiero Brazil, native Andre Nicastro will sit on the pole for Saturday's second round of the Barber Dodge Pro Series. Nicastro blitzed the 1.421-mile modified oval at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in ...

(HOMESTEAD, Fla.) Mar. 24, 2000 -Rio de Janiero Brazil, native Andre Nicastro will sit on the pole for Saturday's second round of the Barber Dodge Pro Series. Nicastro blitzed the 1.421-mile modified oval at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in 0:42.950 sec. for an average speed of 118.352 mph, and thereby establishing the new benchmark for qualifying at the Homestead circuit.

Nicastro's Coppertone Reynard Barber Dodge worked well for him throughout the session, as he felt comfortable with it from the onset.

"I am very happy," he said after apologizing for his broken English. "I am a rookie and my focus this year is to be the best rookie."

He seems to be off to a good start.

Peter Boss held onto his provisional pole throughout the first half of the session until Nicastro relegated him to second. His earlier time of 0:43.000 sec. withstood the onslaught from 23 other drivers who all but Nicastro unsuccessfully attempted to dislodge the Rhode Islander from pole.

"In the first session I caught a good draft through turns 1 and 2 and into 3. You need a good draft around here and I didn't get a good one this session," Boss remarked.

Remaining in the third starting position was Jon Fogarty. He had held pole briefly during the first qualifying session, but was only able to shave 0.06 sec. off his earlier time.

"I needed that last draft," Fogarty commented. "Ideally I'd like to work with these guys (Nicastro and Boss during the race) and get away from everyone and have our own race. I'm happy to be ahead of Nilton (Rossoni) and Michael (Valiante)."

The 40-minute Barber Dodge race will start following final qualifying for the CART FedEx Series at 3:45 p.m. est.

-George Tamayo-

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Peter Boss , Jon Fogarty