Notes HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- A lack of downforce prevented Luis Garcia Jr. from improving on his best time and speed during qualifying for the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami, Saturday afternoon. Garcia, 28, who drives for the new Arciero Project...
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- A lack of downforce prevented Luis Garcia Jr. from improving on his best time and speed during qualifying for the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami, Saturday afternoon.
Garcia, 28, who drives for the new Arciero Project Racing Group (P.R.G.) was clocked in at 30.006 seconds (180.204 mph), more than a second off his best time set during Friday's afternoon practice (28.838 -- 187.503 mph).
As a result, Garcia will start the race on the 13th row.
It will be the 11th career CART start for the sophomore driver, who originally hails from Brasilia, Brazil, but who now makes his home in Aventura, Fla. Last year, the Brazilian made his CART debut at the Homestead-Miami track.
Garcia first experienced the downforce problem in his 1999 Hollywood-Embratel-Tang-Reynard/Mercedes-Benz in the morning practice. The team expects to take delivery on a 2000 Reynard next week.
Sunday's race will begin at 2 p.m. Eastern Time and will be televised by ESPN.
"It's been a tough day in terms of performance. We expected it, but we have a commitment to our sponsors Hollywood, Embratel, and Tang, to Mercedes-Benz, and to ourselves to be here and to compete. We don't have enough downforce because it's a 1999 Reynard. We are happy to be here and we will use this experience as a test and for the guys to get time to work together. There are so many positives on the team and that's very important for us." -- Luiz Garcia Jr., Driver
"We had an oversteering problem in qualifying which we're disappointed about. The lack of downforce is pretty obvious. We will give Luiz a safe car for the race. Our goal is to finish it." -- Andreas Leberle, Team Manager