CHAMPCAR/CART: Mark Blundell Posts Gains in Friday Test

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ SETS FASTEST TIME, BLUNDELL BIGGEST GAINER IN MIAMI TESTING HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 5, 1999) - Adrian Fernandez ran the fastest lap of the day, 215.139 mph, but Mauricio Gugelmin posted the biggest improvement. Private...

ADRIAN FERNANDEZ SETS FASTEST TIME, BLUNDELL BIGGEST GAINER IN MIAMI TESTING

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 5, 1999) - Adrian Fernandez ran the fastest lap of the day, 215.139 mph, but Mauricio Gugelmin posted the biggest improvement. Private testing continued Friday at Miami-Dade Homestead Motorsports Complex for the March 21 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota, the opening event on the 1999 CART FedEx Championship Series. Gugelmin ran a lap of 214.883 mph in the Hollywood Mercedes Reynard, a two mile-per-hour gain from Thursday's session. Fernandez ran the quickest lap of pre-season testing on Thursday -- 216.080 in a year-old Reynard. "We made a lot of gains today," said Gugelmin, a 35-year-old Brazilian entering his seventh year of CART competition. We've been trying alternative setups, trying to approximate the conditions of the race." Thirteen drivers participated in Friday's session. Pre-season testing for the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota will conclude Saturday. The Grand Prix of Miami weekend also includes the season opener for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, Saturday's Florida Dodge Dealers 400. For ticket orders, call (305) 230-7223. For additional information, visit the Speedway's official web site, www.racemiami.com.

Friday's top speeds (Unofficial, randomly taken from various sources) Adrian Fernandez 215.139 mph Mauricio Gugelmin 214.883 Gil de Ferran 214.797 Paul Tracy 213.270 P.J. Jones 212.934 Dario Franchitti 211.930 Christian Fittipaldi 211.433 Martin Blundell 210.117 Alex Baron 209.709 Robby Gordon 208.494 Michele Jourdain 206.897 Cristiano da Matta 206.107 Dennis Vitolo 205.323

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Gil de Ferran , Adrian Fernandez , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Mauricio Gugelmin , Mark Blundell , P.J. Jones , Cristiano da Matta , Alex Baron