IRL: George Mack completes rookie test at Homestead-Miami

HOMESTEAD, Fla., Friday, Jan. 11, 2002 - George Mack completed the speed phase of his Indy Racing League rookie test Jan. 11 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mack, a West Coast karting standout, turned 68 laps with an unofficial top speed of 187 mph...

HOMESTEAD, Fla., Friday, Jan. 11, 2002 - George Mack completed the speed phase of his Indy Racing League rookie test Jan. 11 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Mack, a West Coast karting standout, turned 68 laps with an unofficial top speed of 187 mph on the 1.5-mile oval. He completed the first phase in 20 laps on Jan. 10. The final three phases were completed in 48 laps on Jan. 11.

Indy Racing League Director of Operations John Lewis observed Mack, who drove a G Force chassis prepared by Cunningham Racing. Indy Racing standout Airton Dare served as the veteran driver observer.

"George is very mature," Lewis said. "He showed maturity in and out of the car. His approach to the whole day was very methodical. He knew what he had to do, and he did it."

310 Racing, a new team being assembled in California, has contracted Mack for the 2002 Indy Racing League season. Mack, from Los Angeles, will attempt to become the second African-American to compete in the Indy Racing League.

Indy Racing League Vice President of Operations Brian Barnhart must clear Mack before receiving his Indy Racing League license.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Airton Daré , George Mack , John Lewis , Brian Barnhart