NA-F2000: Homestead Friday practice quotes

Marc-Antoine Camirand (No. 96 www.keymotorsports.com Van Diemen Ford) It's not the same track that we raced last month. It's a lot different for the setup of the car. It's not the same tires either. We are using oval tires. So they are both ...

Marc-Antoine Camirand (No. 96 www.keymotorsports.com Van Diemen Ford)
It's not the same track that we raced last month. It's a lot different for the setup of the car. It's not the same tires either. We are using oval tires. So they are both different, but we adjusted the carburetor well today. Its going to be different tomorrow in qualifying because we run on the cold tires. I think we have a good car for the qualifying.

Memo Rojas (No. 15 Telmex Van Diemen Ford)
For us it's a completely different situation (than last month's opener here, when he finished second). Last time here we ran on the road course. Now we are running the oval. Conditions are a little difficult because we had a shower a couple of hours ago. That made the track a little bit more slippery. We have to work with our setup and hopefully get it right. I think we are in good shape for tomorrow's qualifying.

Arie Luyendyk, Jr. (No. 5 Provimi Veal/Mi-Jack Van Diemen Ford)
The road course is quite different from the oval. But we are still using part of the road course, because it's a modified oval. The car's can't handle the impact of the high speed collision with the wall. We had a test here in January, so we used the data from that this weekend. But, that was a road course and this is an oval. We run a lot less downforce here , a lot less wing, and the car has a lot more straight line speed, So, it's a whole different approach, really. Miami is humid, and the car's really don't like humid air. They like crisp, dry air, preferably cool. And the track varies a lot from morning to afternoon. Since all of our sessions are in the morning, we're concentrating on the morning set-up. It's a fun track, and I think it will be very competitive. And I think it will be a very good race to watch.

Tommy Constantine. (No. 12 Ouzo 12/Cape Motorsports/TCR Van Diemen Ford)
We were worried about the rubber the big cars were laying down and the entry grip into the infield turn, where you really need it because the wind is blowing right at you. But it hasn't effected us one way or the other, that I can notice. It was building up from going into that corner without lifting off the gas. I was giving myself that little confidence lift. Maybe a 50 or 60 per cent lift all weekend long. Then we started to really dial in the aero on the car, and each time I lifted less and less, and finally we just went flat out. But the first couple of times I went flat out, the rear end came around quite a bit, probably 20 degrees at one point. We were lucky, and I gathered it up, came in and made a change. Now the car is sort of neutral. It's on the edge, but we were able to go through there flat out. I think we're looking real good for tomorrow.

-JJ O'Malley

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Arie Luyendyk , Marc-Antoine Camirand , Memo Rojas , Tommy Constantine