SEBRING, Florida (February 8, 2001) -- Fernandez Racing completed a two-day test at Sebring International Raceway today, continuing its pre-season preparations for the start of the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series on March 11 at the Tecate...
SEBRING, Florida (February 8, 2001) -- Fernandez Racing completed a two-day test at Sebring International Raceway today, continuing its pre-season preparations for the start of the 2001 CART FedEx Championship Series on March 11 at the Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix in Mexico.
Adrian Fernandez, who was sidelined yesterday with mechanical problems on the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex Honda/Reynard, saw his misfortunes continue today.
"I was on a good lap, and I took the kink flat and it bit me," said Fernandez. "I was pushing too hard, and I spun and took the right front out. It was my fault. I shouldn't have been pushing so hard so soon.
"We didn't do many laps, and I never really did a run with new tires. We fixed the problem from yesterday, but I never got a proper lap in. Just when I was really starting to run, I put it in the wall. Things like this happen and that is what testing is all about. This time it was our turn to have problems. In that respect it was bad, but on the other hand it was good that Shinji was able to run a lot of miles."
Nakano, who shared track time with a Champ Car contingent that included Gil de Ferran, Paul Tracy and Tony Kanaan, logged almost 300 miles aboard the #52 Alpine Honda/Reynard during the course of the two days, recording a best lap time of 51.3 seconds.
"It was a very good two days," said Nakano. "This was my first time testing in my car on a road course with my engineer Martin [Pare] and my mechanics. We worked a lot with the setup, and I feel we established a good baseline."
"This was basically the first real working days for Shinji and Martin on a road course, and they made good progress," said Tom Anderson, owner and team manager. "Shinji ran around 100 laps today, and he was probably fifth or sixth on the speed charts. He got in quite a few miles between the two days working on the setup and the balance.
"We got Adrian's problem from yesterday fixed, and he went out mid-morning. He got in 20-some laps before he spun and took the corner off the right front. It didn't hurt him, but there was minor damage and that unfortunately ended the day for him."
The next scheduled test for Fernandez Racing is February 22 -- 24 at Firebird Raceway, just outside Phoenix, Arizona.