MIAMI (Oct. 26, 1999) â€“ David Green set the quickest time, followed closely by Rusty Wallace, Bobby Labonte and John Andretti in a private testing session Tuesday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for the Nov. 11-14 Pennzoil 400...
MIAMI (Oct. 26, 1999) – David Green set the quickest time, followed closely by Rusty Wallace, Bobby Labonte and John Andretti in a private testing session Tuesday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for the Nov. 11-14 Pennzoil 400 presented by Kmart.
Green ran a quick lap of 153.366 mph in the Tyler Jet Motorsports 10-10-345 Pontiac on the 1.5-mile oval. The official track record will be established on Friday, Nov. 12, in qualifying for the debut of NASCAR Winston Cup competition in South Florida.
Wallace, Labonte and Andretti all turned laps in the mid-152 mph range. Other Winston Cup drivers testing were Bill Elliott, Ricky Craven, Stacy Compton and Bob Strait. Testing Busch Series cars in preparation for the Nov. 13 HotWheels.com 300 were Hut Stricklin, Jimmy Morales and Hank Parker Jr.
The test came as a shocking surprise for Rusty Wallace.
"Man, we were way off," admitted the 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup champion. "The track was a lot different than we expected with the sway bars and springs. The test was very helpful.
"I spun out one time in turn four," Wallace added. "I went out with a real aggressive shock setup with new tires and spun, but we didn’t hit anything. Tomorrow, we’ll work on qualifying all morning and then come back and work on the race setup the rest of the day."
The only incident came late in the afternoon when Mexican Busch Series hopeful Jimmy Morales spun and impacted the wall in turn four. He was unhurt, but the Felix Sabates-owned car sustained rear-end damage.