IRL: Homestead: Dario Franchitti Friday report

Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola Homestead practice report. Franchitti looking to heat up in South Florida. HOMESTEAD, Florida (February 28, 2003) -- Dario Franchitti and the ...

Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola Homestead practice report.
Franchitti looking to heat up in South Florida.

HOMESTEAD, Florida (February 28, 2003) -- Dario Franchitti and the #27 Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola team spent the first day of practice tuning their race setup for the Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Franchitti posted the 12th quickest time on the speed charts with a quick lap of 197.670 mph (27.3183 s) at the 1.5-mile track.

Franchitti and the Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola team looked to build on the data they collected during the open test held here a little more than a week ago continuing to prepare the car in race trim. Franchitti stayed on the same set of tires through both practice sessions completing 43 laps while the team continued to fine tune the mechanical grip on the car.

Scott Sharp posted the fastest speed of the day 204.132 mph (26.4535 s). Helio Castroneves was second quick at 201.967 mph (26.7371 s) and Roger Yasukawa was third quickest at 200.924 mph (26.8758 s) Franchitti's technical partners Michael Andretti and Tony Kanaan posted the fifth and sixth quickest time respectively. Andretti turned a quick lap of199.878 mph (27.0165 s) with Kanaan's quickest at 199.604 mph (27.0563 s).

Qualifying for the Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway begins tomorrow at 1:15 p.m. ET and the IndyCar Series season opener which will be broadcast on ABC takes the green flag on Sunday, March 2nd at at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Dario Franchitti , Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola:
""We've really been putting the car through its paces in race trim all day and we're still learning at the moment. We aren't completely happy with the car and my Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola team will work on it some more tomorrow morning and see what we can do. I would rather have to change the setup on the car than change my driving style. Right now my two teammates (Michael Andretti and Tony Kanaan) are feeling similar things in the car and we have three different driving styles so we're going to put the pressure on the engineers. "

Kyle Moyer , Team Manager, Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola
"Our first session started off with a little problem (fuel pressure) but once we got that solved we set out to get a car to win the race. We stayed on one set of tires all day and we still haven't found the best setup. We're getting closer to a great setup but we just aren't there yet. I wouldn't say it was a bad day but for our caliber of race team we expect to be higher on the speed charts."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Michael Andretti , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan