CHAMPCAR/CART: Homestead Saturday Notes

Homestead, FL (March 20, 1999) - Greg Moore took the pole position for the second consecutive year at the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami at the Homestead Motorsports Complex this afternoon. Moore's lap at 217.279 was just shy of his track record of...

Homestead, FL (March 20, 1999) - Greg Moore took the pole position for the second consecutive year at the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami at the Homestead Motorsports Complex this afternoon. Moore's lap at 217.279 was just shy of his track record of 217.541 set one year ago.

"Now that we've got one good thing out of the way, now we just have to make sure to get the big one tomorrow. We've got a good shot at winning the race," Moore said.

The big story of the weekend is the changing track conditions. This is the first time the CART FedEx Series has run on the same weekend with the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The trucks are putting a lot of rubber down on the track making the track completely different from conditions experienced at Spring Training held six weeks ago.

Adrian Fernandez, who will start alongside Moore on the front row, noted the different track conditions during practice yesterday. "I came in (to the pits) and the car had a lot of (rubber) pickup. I think one of the tires had a NASCAR sticker on it! But since I'm running in the IROC series, I felt comfortable with that," Fernandez said.

The Players team developed a plan for qualifying. Knowing the fastest cars go to the end of the qualifying line, Moore recorded a quick lap in practice this morning. Thinking the track would be in better shape once the Champ cars were able to put down some of their own rubber, he wanted to qualify last.

The plan went perfectly. Moore was the last person to qualify, knocking Adrian Fernandez off the pole by five one-hundredths of a second.

But yet, the question remains for tomorrow. How will 400k of truck racing leave the track for tomorrow's Marlboro Grand Prix? At least one person isn't letting it worry him. "If it's a one-lane race track, at least I'm starting in the right spot," said Moore with a grin.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Adrian Fernandez , Greg Moore