ADRIAN FERNANDEZ 216.8 MPH LAP FASTEST LAP OF SPRING AT HOMESTEAD HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 4, 1999) - Adrian Fernandez took last year's car out of mothballs Thursday, and promptly went out and ran the fastest lap in pre-season testing at...
ADRIAN FERNANDEZ 216.8 MPH LAP FASTEST LAP OF SPRING AT HOMESTEAD
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 4, 1999) - Adrian Fernandez took last year's car out of mothballs Thursday, and promptly went out and ran the fastest lap in pre-season testing at Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex. The Mexican driver's speed of 216.808 mph was the second-fastest lap ever run at the 1.5-mile oval, exceeded only by Greg Moore's 1998 record of 217.541 mph. Moore's teammate, Patrick Carpentier, ran the fastest lap of 1999 in February's CART Spring Training, 216.617 mph. Jimmy Vasser was second fastest of 19 drivers in Thursday's test, turning consistent laps of 215.139 in the Target Ganassi Honda Reynard. He was followed by Scott Pruett in a Toyota Reynard, 214.797 mph, and Michael Andretti in a Ford Swift, 214.626 mph. Fernandez' quickest lap came in less than ideal conditions. "Our fast lap came at 3 o'clock, in the heat of the day," said the 23-year-old Fernandez. "The car was very well balanced. We're very happy with our progress." Patrick Racing must now decide which car to race March 21 in the season-opening Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota - the year-old Ford Reynard, or the new Ford Swift they had planned to campaign this year. "We have to get together tonight and see what is our plan," he explained. "This is an older car. We just have to regroup and make the best decision for the benefit of the team." Fernandez was 21st fastest in Spring Training, with a lap of 207.706 mph. "We did do a lap of 25.5 in the Swift on Thursday morning, so we're also improving with that car," he explained. Nineteen drivers participated in Thursday's private testing session, with 17 drivers expected Friday as preparation for the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota continues.
Thursday's top speeds (Unofficial, randomly taken from various sources) Adrian Fernandez 24.94 216.808 mph Jimmy Vasser 25.1 215.139 Scott Pruett 25.14 214.797 Michael Andretti 25.16 214.626 Paul Tracy 25.2 214.286 Dario Franchitti 25.36 212.934 Mauricio Gugelmin 25.4 212.598 Naoki Hattori 25.49 211.848 Gil de Ferran 25.5 211.765 Martin Blundell 25.6 210.938 Richie Hearn 25.8 209.302 Michel Jourdain 26.1 206.897 P.J. Jones 26.1 206.897 Robby Gordon 26.19 206.186 Shigeaki Hattoiri 26.43 204.313