HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 3, 2000)--- After another successful day of testing yesterday, Big Kmart/ Texaco/Havoline driver Michael Andretti completed the final day of a two-day test on the 2.18-mile road course at Homestead-Miami Speedway in ...
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 3, 2000)--- After another successful day of testing yesterday, Big Kmart/ Texaco/Havoline driver Michael Andretti completed the final day of a two-day test on the 2.18-mile road course at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla.
"We were just working on basic set-ups and didn't really work toward adapting the car to the track for a fast lap," said Andretti, who won the 1997 and 1998 CART season-openers on the Homestead oval track. "We don't even race on the road course here so we would be crazy to work hard to make the car good on this track. We were working on different concepts and making big changes that take between one-to-two hours to change. You can't do those kinds of things during a race weekend. Overall I was pretty happy with the car at the end of the test. We made progress."
On Wednesday, Andretti completed approximately 132 trouble-free miles in his No- 6 Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline racecar. During the test day, the team tested a variety of mechanical and aerodynamic components. The team continued to log many trouble free miles on Thursday and Andretti set his fastest lap time of 68.5.
The next scheduled test begins March 7-9 and takes place on the oval portion of the Homestead track with both drivers splitting the workload. This is the final test date for the team on the Homestead track before the CART series holds the season-opening round on March 26.
"I'm looking forward to a good test next week on the oval," said Andretti. "I'm ready to get this season started."
The CART FedEx Championship Series season begins on March 26 (in a mere 23 days) with the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Andretti won back-to-back events in 1997 and 1998 and finished second to Greg Moore in 1999. Big Kmart/Route 66 driver Fittipaldi finished in the top-six in two of the three events held at the track and suffered a mechanical problem in the other.