CHAMPCAR/CART: Tony Kanaan concludes preseason testing

Kanaan Completes 2002 CART Preseason Testing With Full Week at Homestead Miami Speedway HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2002) - Tony Kanaan and the ...

Kanaan Completes 2002 CART Preseason Testing With Full Week at Homestead Miami Speedway

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2002) - Tony Kanaan and the #10 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo Nunn Racing team concluded their preseason testing for the 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series campaign with three consecutive days on the Homestead Miami Speedway 2.2-mile road course and, unofficially, the fastest time of the week.

Kanaan, who begins his fifth year on the CART circuit and his third with Mo Nunn Racing March 10 in Monterrey, Mexico, logged 500 miles on the Homestead circuit Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He clocked a fast lap of 1 minute, 7.7 seconds today which, unofficially, was fastest among a slew of competitors who also took to the test track, including Shinji Nakano, Christian Fittipaldi, Bruno Junqueira, Kenny Brack, Michel Jourdain and Jimmy Vasser.

Earlier in the week, Kanaan and his #10 Pioneer-WorldCom Honda-Reynard team joined Mo Nunn Racing's Indy Racing League team, featuring Felipe Giaffone in the #21 Hollywood-sponsored Chevrolet G-Force, on the 1.5-mile Homestead oval. Kanaan logged 183 miles on the oval on Monday with a fast time of 26.3 seconds, then turned his focus on a full day of pit stop practice on Tuesday. Giaffone logged 335 miles on the oval Monday and Tuesday with a fast lap of 26.6 seconds in his IRL car on the final day. Giaffone, the 2001 Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year, opens the 2002 season next weekend (March 2) at Homestead.


"This must be what it's like in the 'real world' - a Monday-through-Friday work week! No, actually, I know perfectly well that I am a very lucky guy for getting to do what I truly love for a living. It was actually kind of enlightening, getting in the car (at home in nearby Key Biscayne) every morning and driving down the Turnpike to my 200 mph office. It was a very productive week. I'm tired, but me and my guys just can't wait to start the season. They've all been gone from home all week, but I know they can't wait until we go down to Monterrey and start the season. We made progress every time we went out. We got a lot of work done with Honda on the new traction control that we'll be allowed to use starting at the first race. I feel good. This could be our year. The guys all know it. We had an incredible time doing pit stops all day Tuesday. We're ready to go in all areas. But we're not getting carried away because there is a lot of luck involved when it comes to winning races. But at least we're confident about the things we can control on race weekends. I can't wait to start the season."


"It's been a very productive week. It's a testament to everyone's hard work that we logged so many miles and didn't have a single problem. That must mean we're doing something right. The team leaves here feeling very confident. Tony and Felipe did well on the oval our first two days here. We did a lot of pit stop practice. Pit stops are going to be more important than ever with the new rules CART has in place. The airjack has been moved to the rear of the car, so pit stops take on a whole new configuration that we had to get used to. We'll be making a mandatory number of pit stops each race, so the stops are gong to be more important than ever. We had a very successful day just doing pit stops. These last three days, among the many other things we were working on, We now are allowed to use traction control, so we got a lot of work done with Honda in that area the last three days. Tony turned some consistent laps, and went fast when we wanted him to. So I think we're in good shape. Better shape than we've been in at this point since we started this team. Let the games begin!"


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Jimmy Vasser , Bruno Junqueira , Christian Fittipaldi , Tony Kanaan , Shinji Nakano , Kenny Brack , Michel Jourdain , Mo Nunn