CHAMPCAR/CART: Michigan Test Report

Michigan Testing Update (June 30, 1998) -- Seven FedEx Championship Series drivers participated in a three-day tire test at Michigan Speedway last week. The test began Wednesday and continued through Friday evening, running from...

Michigan Testing Update

(June 30, 1998) -- Seven FedEx Championship Series drivers participated in a three-day tire test at Michigan Speedway last week. The test began Wednesday and continued through Friday evening, running from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

Five drivers who participated in the test compete on Goodyear tires, including Michael Andretti (Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Swift Ford), Al Unser Jr. (Marlboro Penske Mercedes), Gil de Ferran (Valvoline/Cummins Special Reynard Honda), Andre Ribeiro (Marlboro Penske Mercedes) and Arnd Meier (Hasseroder/J.A.G. Lola Ford). Also participating were Team KOOL Green teammates Paul Tracy (KOOL Reynard Honda) and Dario Franchitti (KOOL Reynard Honda), who compete on Firestone tires.

The session also included testing of the new Handford Device adopted by CART to help reduce the speed of Champ Cars on superspeedways. Designed by Mark Handford of Swift Engineering, the Handford Device will be utilized for the first time at the U.S. 500 Presented by Toyota, July 26 at Michigan Speedway.

Through late Friday afternoon, Andretti's unofficial 224 mile-per-hour lap of Thursday was the fastest of the three days. Also on Thursday, Tracy and Franchitti were at 223 mph while de Ferran reached 222 mph. Meanwhile, Unser Jr.'s and Ribeiro's top speeds of 221 mph came on Friday. Meier improved from 205 to 220 mph between Thursday and Friday.

Source: CART Online

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Al Unser Sr. , Andre Ribeiro