CHAMPCAR/CART: Da Matta Milwaukee final test report

Havoline driver Cristiano da Matta completed final day of testing at the Milwaukee Mile oval track in preparation for the Miller Lite 250. WEST ALLIS, Wis. (May 12, 2002) --- Havoline driver Cristiano da Matta, who is currently third in the...

Havoline driver Cristiano da Matta completed final day of testing at the Milwaukee Mile oval track in preparation for the Miller Lite 250.

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (May 12, 2002) --- Havoline driver Cristiano da Matta, who is currently third in the CART FedEx Championship point standings after leading the category until Round 3 of 20 in Japan two weeks ago, completed his second and final day of testing on Friday, May 10 at the historic Milwaukee Mile. Da Matta and Newman/Haas Racing made progress toward scoring the seventh team victory at the track in the upcoming Miller Lite 250 on June 2.

"We gained some knowledge about how to make the balance of our race car better on short ovals," said da Matta who completed approx. 160 miles of testing on Friday. "Our fastest lap before lunch was a 22.2 on old tires and only one-tenth off of the fastest time so far that day so we thought we were heading in the right direction with the changes. After lunch we ran long runs on full tanks and had consistent lap times so we think we are making progress. We still think we have more work to do but we are making progress. "

The team will now focus their attention on maintaining the level of competition on road and street courses that has seen them lead laps in four of the past six road/street course races in the series as well as win two of them. A two-day test is schedule to begin on Monday, May 13 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course where both da Matta and Lilly driver Christian Fittipaldi will share the workload. Prior to the Miller Lite 250 on June 2, da Matta will test Toyota's Formula One race car while Fittipaldi will compete in the Busch Grand National NASCAR-sanctioned race in Charlotte on May 25.

Newman/Haas Racing, owned by actor/race car driver Paul Newman and racing entrepreneur Carl A. Haas, is the most successful team competing in the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series championship with 62 race wins and 63 pole positions. For more information log on to www.newman-haas.com, www.texaco.com/racing or www.cart.com. The Miller Lite 250, round 4 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship Series will take place on June 2 at the Milwaukee Mile. The 20-race schedule will be broadcast by new television partners CBS, Fox and the Fox-owned Speed Channel.

-NHR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Newman , Cristiano da Matta