Homestead: Cheever Racing Thursday report

Fittipaldi, Luhr Put the Crown Royal Special Reserve/Cheever Racing Porsche Through the Practice Paces for Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Thursday, March 23, 2006) Christian Fittipaldi and Lucas Luhr put the ...

Fittipaldi, Luhr Put the Crown Royal Special Reserve/Cheever Racing Porsche Through the Practice Paces for Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Thursday, March 23, 2006) Christian Fittipaldi and Lucas Luhr put the #39 Crown Royal Special Reserve/Cheever Racing Porsche Crawford through a flawless first day of practice on the Homestead Miami Speedway road circuit in preparation for Saturday night's Grand Prix of Miami Grand American Rolex Series race.

Fittipaldi drove the initial shakedown runs during today's afternoon and evening sessions, then handed the Crown Royal Porsche over to Luhr for the remainder of each practice as the successful Porsche factory driver acquainted himself with the Cheever team, the Crawford chassis, and the road course circuit which he is tackling for the first time. Luhr is filling in this weekend for team owner Eddie Cheever, Fittipaldi's normal teammate who is focusing his driving efforts on this weekend's IRL IndyCar Series season opener here.

The Cheever Racing duo of Fittipaldi and Luhr clocked the sixth-fastest lap of this afternoon's opening session, covering the 2.3-mile road course in 1 minute, 15.336 seconds (an average of 109.98 mph). They followed that up this evening with a fast lap of 1:15.759 (109.294 mph), which ended up eighth on the final speed charts.

Practice resumes Friday morning with qualifying set for 6 p.m. EST. Race time Saturday is 6:30 p.m. EST.

CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI

"It was a pretty solid day for us. I'm very optimistic for tomorrow's qualifying session, and then for Saturday's race. I believe we have a top-three car for sure. We just have to go out and do it. I did not drive a whole lot today. It was most important to get Lucas (Luhr) into the car and acclimated to the track since it's his first time here. I think he's got a good handle on it. He's an excellent driver. He got some long runs in and I think we'll be in great shape for the race. Obviously, with our first day here and all the cars on the track, traffic was an issue. But I think we're headed in the right direction."

LUCAS LUHR

"My day was excellent. I think we have a good car, so far. We have some adjustments to make overnight, but nothing major. We're definitely close to where we want the car to be. I'm just happy to be racing with these guys. They are great people and they definitely don't make me feel like an outsider. They listen to me and I think, already, we are having a great working relationship. I like the track. The banking is much more challenging here than at Daytona. You have to be focused all the time. It's not just like going out on a Sunday drive with one arm on the wheel, like it can be at Daytona. You have to be constantly looking for traffic. I'm looking forward to a good result. Christian (Fittipaldi) says he thinks we have a top-three car, and I would have to agree with him."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Christian Fittipaldi