HOMESTEAD, Fla. (February 22, 2002) ^Ã– FernÃ¡ndez Racing wrapped up its pre-season testing program today with the conclusion of a three-day outing at Homestead Miami Speedway. The next time AdriÃ¡n FernÃ¡ndez and Shinji Nakano take to the track...
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (February 22, 2002) ^Ö Fernández Racing wrapped up its pre-season testing program today with the conclusion of a three-day outing at Homestead Miami Speedway. The next time Adrián Fernández and Shinji Nakano take to the track will be on Friday, March 8, for the opening round of practice at the Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix, the start of the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series.
"We are ready for Monterrey," said Fernández, who put the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Lola/Bridgestone through an abbreviated, but scheduled, 50-mile test day. "We learned a lot about the new package during these three days and had no mechanical problems. Hopefully we can apply what we learned and be competitive. I'm ready to race. I'm ready for Monterrey."
Shinji Nakano handled the bulk of the testing duties today aboard the #52 Alpine/Mitsuba Honda/Lola/Bridgestone, bringing the team's total distance around the 2.1-mile road course to just over 900 miles.
"We have a much better understanding of the changes we made and how they affect the car," said Nakano. "There is a lot of learning involved to understand a new car, and these three days have been very important. I still have a little bit of understeer, but it was much better today. I feel pretty comfortable heading into the first race."
Co-owner and Managing Director Tom Anderson elaborated on the team's progress: "I think we are coming away from this test with a good baseline. We concentrated on chassis adjustments and mapping the suspension to look for mechanical options to use at Monterrey. It was a good day, and a good conclusion to our pre-season testing. We'll load up, go back home and prepare to head to Mexico."