HOMESTEAD, Fla- (March 8, 2000)--- After another successful day of testing today, Big Kmart/Route 66 driver Christian Fittipaldi completed the final day of a two-day test on the 1.5-mile oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, ...
HOMESTEAD, Fla- (March 8, 2000)--- After another successful day of testing today, Big Kmart/Route 66 driver Christian Fittipaldi completed the final day of a two-day test on the 1.5-mile oval at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla.
"Despite the windy conditions yesterday and today, we are very happy with what we teamed here," said Fittipaldi, who scored his first CART victory and pole in 1999. "We ran some really wild settings on the car yesterday and learned a lot of things that are going to help us in the race. Today, we basically fine-tuned the new things we learned and made long, full fuel runs. At this track the wind does make a difference- If we had perfect conditions today, we could have gone about two-tenths faster."
On Tuesday, Fittipaldi completed approximately 153 trouble-free miles in his No. 11 Big Kmart/Route 66 racecar. During the two days, the team worked on a variety of mechanical and aerodynamic components and made long full-fuel runs. The team continued to log many trouble free miles on Wednesday and Fittipaldi set his fastest lap time of 26.00. The total mileage for the test was 385 miles over the two days. Wind was a major factor on both days.
Andretti takes over testing duties tomorrow for his final day of running on the oval before the March 26th season opening Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami. The final test of the off-season begins next week at the Homestead road course with Fittipaldi scheduled for three days.
"The competition in the series will be even stronger this year than ever before," said Fittipaidi. "It's amazing. Everyone has to be at the top of their form both physically and mentally to do well in this series. I think our chances are very good for a strong season. I'm looking forward to the first race, for surel"
The CART FedEx Championship Series season begins on March 26 (18 days and counting) with the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami at the Homestead-Miami Speedway- Andretti won back-to-back events in 1997 and 1998 and finished second to Greg Moore in 1999. Big Kmart/Route 66 driver Fittipaidi finished in the top-six in two of the three events held at the track and suffered a mechanical problem in the other.