CHAMPCAR/CART: Michel Jourdain Homestead Test Thursday

JOURDAIN JR. WRAPS UP HIS FIRST OFFICIAL TEST WITH A LOLA CHASSIS Herdez backed driver Michel Jourdain Jr. wrapped up at the 1.5 mile circuit of Homestead in Florida, his first official testing with the new package for the 1999 FedEx ...

JOURDAIN JR. WRAPS UP HIS FIRST OFFICIAL TEST WITH A LOLA CHASSIS

Herdez backed driver Michel Jourdain Jr. wrapped up at the 1.5 mile circuit of Homestead in Florida, his first official testing with the new package for the 1999 FedEx Championship Series season: a Lola chassis with a Ford-Cosworth engine and Firestone tires.

The Herdez/Payton-Coyne Racing Team had scheduled to start the testing on Tuesday, but due to rainy conditions the session was cancelled. Then, the first session started on Wednesday -with good weather-. That day Michel completed 100 laps and today he put in 119 laps of testing.

The next two day testing session for Michel Jourdain Jr. and his Herdez-Viva Mexico! Team will be in Homestead again, at the middle of December.

Michel Jourdain Jr., Car #19 Herdez-Viva Mexico! Team: "We made a lot of changes. At the middle of the session we've got lost, but the team kept working and the car was improved towards the final two runs. This was not really a speed test; we were concentrated in learning the car and its reactions with different kind of changes. Unfortunately, there was a point when the sunshine blinded me in some parts of the track, but so far I am very happy with the work done. The car has a lot of potential and there are a lot of things to work on."

Dale Coyne, owner of the Herdez/Payton-Coyne Racing Team: "We learned a lot and the most important thing is the input we've got. Last season the only Lola car in the Champ Series used Goodyear tires and this time we used Firestone. We had the settings for the Goodyear tires, but with Firestone the car has many different needs, it reacts different. Happily we reached a lot of improvements in the set up."

Today also were running at the track Dennis Vitolo (Payton-Coyne Racing), Scott Pruett and Cristiano da Matta (Arciero-Wells).

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Pruett , Dale Coyne , Cristiano da Matta , Michel Jourdain