CHAMPCAR/CART: Homestead Test 99-03-03

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 3, 1999) - Michael Andretti ran the fastest lap Tuesday at Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, leading 13 CART FedEx Championship Series drivers who participated in a private test in preparation for the ...

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 3, 1999) - Michael Andretti ran the fastest lap Tuesday at Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex, leading 13 CART FedEx Championship Series drivers who participated in a private test in preparation for the season-opening March 21 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota. Andretti is the defending two-time champion of the event. Andretti was clocked at 215.654 mph in his Newman-Haas Racing Ford Swift. Jimmy Vasser was second fastest, 215.311 mph, followed by Target Team Ganassi teammate Juan Montoya, 215.139 mph. "This is definitely a step towards being a contender for the championship," said Andretti, who was running on Firestone tires for the first time. "To run that lap in only our fourth lap is really encouraging. That time is about as quick as anyone has run at Homestead this year." The fastest unofficial time this year was 216.617 mph, by Patrick Carpentier in CART Spring Training in February. Greg Moore, Carpentier's Player's Forsythe Racing teammate, set the official track record of 217.541 mph in qualifying for the 1998 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota. Robby Gordon, who will debut his new Team Gordon Swift in the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota, will join Andretti and many of the other CART teams Thursday as pre-season testing continues on the 1.5-mile oval.

Thursday's top speeds (Unofficial, randomly taken from various sources) Michael Andretti 215.654 mph Jimmy Vasser 215.311 Juan Montoya 215.139 Tony Kanaan 213.439 Dario Franchitti 211.765 Paul Tracy 210.117 Gil de Ferran 209.302 Adrian Fernandez 208.494

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Adrian Fernandez , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Greg Moore