PHOENIX, Arizona (March 1, 2001) â€“ FernÃ¡ndez Racingâ€™s pre-season testing program came to a close today with Shinji Nakano completing 123 laps aboard the ...
PHOENIX, Arizona (March 1, 2001) – Fernández Racing’s pre-season testing program came to a close today with Shinji Nakano completing 123 laps aboard the #52 Avex/Alpine Honda/Reynard at Phoenix International Raceway. All testing for the start of the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series was to have ended yesterday, but rain hindered any track activity on the one-mile oval and the team was permitted to test today.
“According to the CART Rulebook*, a team may request permission to test during the first day of a blackout period should that day be the next consecutive day after a scheduled test day that has been aborted for good cause,” said Tom Anderson, owner and team manager.
“We have now completed 17 test days for the season, so we were under our 20-day limit. Because of that rule, we requested permission from the Chief Steward to test today and received that yesterday afternoon.
“Shinji ran 123 laps and got down to a 21.7 (seconds). It was a good day, and now that’s it. We are packing and getting ready for Mexico.”
Due to the inclement weather yesterday, Adrián Fernández wrapped up his final pre-season testing on Tuesday.
“The weather wasn’t very good at all during this test,” said Fernández. “I did just 60 laps on Tuesday, and we really never got up to speed. We went there very conservative in terms of setup, and there was absolutely no intention to go fast straight away. When we were just beginning to dial the car, it started raining.
“Shinji ran today to get some laps in and finish up a few things that we needed to do. These last two days were more for the guys to start practicing pit stops and things like that. We were not trying to break any lap records here. On an oval with a new team, it’s not worth it.”
“This was our second oval test this year with the new package, and I’m still learning,” said Nakano. “I was glad the weather cooperated and we were able to get out today.”
- Fernández Racing