CHAMPCAR/CART: Newman/Haas completes final test at Homestead

Lilly driver Fittipaldi completed final test day for 2002 season at the Miami-Homestead Oval today. HOMESTEAD, Fla. (May 17, 2002) --- Christian Fittipaldi completed the final day of testing for the 2002 CART FedEx Series today at ...

Lilly driver Fittipaldi completed final test day for 2002 season at the Miami-Homestead Oval today.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (May 17, 2002) --- Christian Fittipaldi completed the final day of testing for the 2002 CART FedEx Series today at the Miami-Homestead oval today and is pleased with the progress made on Newman/Haas Racing's short oval setup.

"We ran a lot of miles again today and made some progress," said Fittipaldi who completed a total of 260 miles (in two cars) around the 1.5-mile short oval today with a best lap time of 27.03. "We ran almost 600 miles over two days and were able to get through a big list of things we wanted to try. At the end of the day we made some long runs with a good amount of fuel and ran some consistent times. We are heading in the right direction and we will see how well we stack up to the others when we get to Milwaukee. You don't have to be very far off in this series to be at the back of the grid. I think we are in a much better position after our test in Milwaukee and the test here."

Next on the agenda for Fittipaldi is a media tour next Tuesday, May 21 to promote the inaugural CART Denver Grand Prix set to be held Sept. 1. Earlier this week, Fittipaldi was in Portland to promote the upcoming G.I. Joe's 200, where he drove to a spectacular third place finish in the 2001 event despite limited visibility due to rain after dropping to 19th place while trying to avoid a spinning car. The race will be held on June 16. After his press tour in Denver, Fittipaldi will travel to Charlotte to compete in the Busch Grand National event on Saturday, May 25.

Next up in the series will be the Miller Lite 250, round 4 of 20 in the CART FedEx Championship, which will take place on June 2 at the historic Milwaukee Mile. Havoline driver da Matta, who is currently third in the Championship standings with 27 points to leader Dario Franchitti who has 34, and Lilly driver Fittipaldi, who is in 10th place with 15 points, will attempt to bring Newman/Haas Racing its seventh victory at the track.

Newman/Haas Racing, owned by actor/race car driver Paul Newman and racing entrepreneur Carl A. Haas, is the most successful team competing in the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series championship with 62 race wins and 63 pole positions. For more information log on to www.newman-haas.com, www.texaco.com/racing or www.cart.com. The 20-race schedule will be broadcast by new television partners CBS, Fox and the Fox-owned Speed Channel.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Christian Fittipaldi , Dario Franchitti , Paul Newman