CHAMPCAR/CART: Homestead Friday Notes

David Reininger - motorsport.com Homestead, Fla. (March 24, 2000) - Notes from the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway: Alex Tagliani, driver of the Player's Indeck Ford-powered Reynard, misjudged his speed entering the...

David Reininger - motorsport.com

Homestead, Fla. (March 24, 2000) - Notes from the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway:

Alex Tagliani, driver of the Player's Indeck Ford-powered Reynard, misjudged his speed entering the pits this morning, causing the car to spin and make contact with Tony Kanaan's Hollywood Mo Nunn Racing Mercedes-powered Reynard and Luiz Garcia's Arciero Project entry.

Three individuals in the pits were injured when Tagliani made contact with Kanaan's car.

Kenny Ferris, a mechanic for Mo Nunn Racing, was transported by ground to Doctor's Hospial in Coral Gables after complaining of lower back pain.

The right rear tire changer on Garcia's car, Antonio Pio, was treated and released from the CART Mobile Medical Facility after suffering a laceration and bruise on his lower right leg.

Photographer Greg Cacali reported pain in his left elbow and sustained a small non-serious head contusion. He was transported to Homestead Hospital for precautionary x-rays.

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Chuck West, owner of World Speed Motorsports, today announced that Pete Mercier will drive the Walker Racing-affiliated entry in this years CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, as part of Northwest SpeedWerx's driver development program. Mercier qualified 16th for the first of two Atlantic races to be held at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend.

Ford-Cosworth will debut their new Ford-Cosworth XF engine this weekend. The XF is two inches shorter and 18 percent lighter (55 pounds) than its predecessor the Ford-Cosworth XD. Ford teams have logged 15,000 miles of track time during the off season, three times as many as the XD had prior to its first race in 1996. Ford-Cosworth will supply ten Champ cars in the CART FedEx Series in 2000.

Andy Cisternino suffered a fatal heart attack while returning home from last weekend's IRL event at Phoenix. Andy started in Indy racing in the early seventies with Parnelli Jones. He went on to win the Indy 500 in 1970 and 1971and the championship in 1971. He won the Indy 500 again with Al Unser Sr. in 1979. He spent 1985-86 with Al Unser Jr at Doug Shierson Racing. In 1999 Andy worked with Pagan Racing, taking Jeff Ward to a second place finish in the Indy 500. Andy was working with Robbie Buhl's team at Phoenix last week. A college fund is being arranged for Andy's daughter.

The Reynard chassis used in the Barber Dodge Series have added a new safety system for the 2000 season. Energy absorbing ropes will be fitted between the wheel and the chassis, so that in the event of an accident, the risk of the wheel becoming flying debris will be reduced.

Name that color: Fans are being asked for their suggestions in naming the color of Oriol Servia's green-yellow Telfonica Toyota-powered Reynard. Check out PPIM's website, www.ppi-racing.com. Oriol Servia moves up to the CART FedEx Series after capturing the 1999 Indy Lights Championship.

Have you ever wondered who paints those fancy designs on the driver's helmet? Cristiano da Matta's helmets are painted by his brother Gustavo, who is a graphic design student in Brazil.

The Toyota Atlantic and Barber Dodge Series will not use the same course as the Champ cars at Homestead-Miami Speedway this weekend. The Atlantic and Barber cars will exit the high speed oval just prior to Turn three, take a two-turn tour through the infield and return to the oval at the exit of Turn four. The official track distance for the Atlantic and Barber series is 1.412 miles.

Another rung in the ladder? World Karting Association President Randy Kugler was an interested observer in the pits at Homestead-Miami Speedway today.

Andy Lally of Northport, N.Y. is making his first Barbar Dodge Pro Series appearance this weekend. In his first time in a Barber Dodge car Lally, was second fastest in the first qualifying session.

Alex Zanardi held court in the infield conference room this afternoon. Always an entertaining interview, Zanardi talked about enjoying his year off, savoring his past accomplishments as he watches videos of his past CART races from his living room sofa.

Team Rahal announced a re-launch of their internet site, Rahal.com. The new website will include updated practice/qualifying/race results, daily track updates, streaming video including helmet cam footage and an email subscription service to notify subscribers when content is updated on the site.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robbie Buhl , Jeff Ward , Alex Tagliani , Alex Zanardi , Tony Kanaan , Oriol Servia , Al Unser Sr. , Parnelli Jones , Andy Lally , Cristiano da Matta , Al Unser , Luiz Garcia , Mo Nunn