CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Penske completes final Homestead test

With the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami less than three weeks away, 12 teams and 17 drivers headed to Homestead-Miami Speedway over the past week for a final test before the 2000 CART FedEx Championship Series begins. Due to CART testing ...

With the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami less than three weeks away, 12 teams and 17 drivers headed to Homestead-Miami Speedway over the past week for a final test before the 2000 CART FedEx Championship Series begins. Due to CART testing restrictions, this week was the last opportunity for teems to fins-tune their cars on the 1.5-mile oval before the season opening race.

Marlboro Team Penske's drivers Gil de Ferran and Helio Castro-Neves participated in a two day session putting more than 700 miles combined on their 2000 Marlboro Honda Reynards.

"We had a very good two day test at Homestead and were able to improve our lap times from Spring Training," said Tim Cindric. "Helio drove the first day and we focused on long runs with no problems. On the second day Gil took over the driving and we were able to complete a troublefree race simulation. Over the two days, we ran the car in both qualifying and race set-tips with good results. Although we still have quite a bit to learn, the pieces are beginning to fail into place for !he season opening race at Homestead."

"We had a very positive test and I feel we're well prepared for the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami," noted Gil de Ferran. "We left Spring Training with a few ideas of how we could tweak the Marlboro car and the car responded well to the changes. During the race simulation the car was fast, consistent and reliable, so we're all looking forward to the race and getting the season off to a good start."

"Each time we go out and test I feel more and more comfortable in the car and with the Team. Both Gil and I improved on our times from Spring I-raining so we're moving in the right direction." The Important thing," continued Casto-Neves, "is that we were able. to complete the long runs without any troubles and the car is very consistent. We're looking good for the Marlboro Grand Prix -- I think there is still more to come from the Marlboro Honda Reynard."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran
Teams Team Penske