Honda Racing Report Saturday, March 25, 2000 Grand Prix of Miami Qualifying Report <pre> Circuit: Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5 mile oval), Homestead, FL 1999 Winner: Greg Moore (Mercedes-Benz) 136.671 mph average speed 1999...
Honda Racing Report
Saturday, March 25, 2000
Grand Prix of Miami Qualifying Report
<pre> Circuit: Homestead-Miami Speedway (1.5 mile oval), Homestead, FL 1999 Winner: Greg Moore (Mercedes-Benz) 136.671 mph average speed 1999 Pole: Greg Moore (Mercedes-Benz) 217.279 mph Weather: Clear, breezy, 82 degrees F
Starting Grid Manufacturer Time Speed
1. Gil de Ferran Honda 25.942 sec. 208.434 mph 2. Juan Montoya Toyota 25.948 sec. 208.386 mph 3. Adrian Fernandez Ford Cosworth 26.042 sec. 207.634 mph 4. Alexandre Tagliani Ford Cosworth 26.114 sec. 207.061 mph 5. Kenny Brack Ford Cosworth 26.146 sec. 206.808 mph 6. Michael Andretti Ford Cosworth 26.175 sec. 206.579 mph 7. Roberto Moreno Ford Cosworth 26.236 sec. 206.098 mph 8. Helio Castro-Neves Honda 26.269 sec. 205.847 mph 9. Christian Fittipaldi Ford Cosworth 26.275 sec. 205.793 mph 10. Jimmy Vassar Toyota 26.283 sec. 206.73O mph 11. Gualter Salles Ford Cosworth 26.284 sec. 205.722 mph 12. Patrick Carpentier Ford Cosworth 26.312 sec. 205.496 mph 15. Shinji Nakano Honda 26.524 sec. 203.851 mph 17. Paul Tracy Honda 26.643 sec. 202.95O mph 22. Dario Franchitti Honda 26.802 sec. 201.746 mph
</pre> De Ferran Strikes First for Honda and Team Penske
By the razor-thin margin of just six-thousandths of a second, Honda-powered Gil de Ferran will start from the pole in tomorrow's opening round of the 2000 CART FedEx Championship Series. It was the seventh career pole for the Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., driver, and his first after moving to Marlboro Team Penske.
It was another incredibly tight battle in single-car qualifying for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Miami, with all but two drivers in the 25 car field posting times within one second of de Ferran. Teammate Helio Castro-Neves also looked strong today, qualifying his Honda-powered Penske entry eighth, just three-tenths of a second behind de Ferran.
Rookie Shinji Nakano posted a solid run for Walker Racing, qualifying his Avex Group Honda 15th overall, but the struggles continued today for Team KOOL Green. Paul Tracy improved slightly from yesterday's practice to slot in 17th on the grid, but teammate Dario Franchitti slipped back to 22nd overall as both drivers struggled with handling problems on the Homestead-Miami Speedway oval.
Gil de Ferran(#2 Marlboro Team Penske Honda) Pole qualifier, first pole with Marlboro Team Penske,seventh career pole: "It just feels 'Good!' to be on the pole. It is a very satisfying result after all the preparations we made coming into this race. I've been happy with the car all weekend. Since Spring Training, we had a good test here and a good test at Nazareth. Tom German (team engineer) made a good call in qualifying. It's a fantastic feeling. We knew we'd be okay - in contention - but the pole is a little bit above expectations!"