NA-F2000: Homestead tests begin

MIAMI (January 26, 2001) -- The U.S. Formula 2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision began a two-day test session at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, preparing for races during two HMS weekends this spring. Arie...

MIAMI (January 26, 2001) -- The U.S. Formula 2000 National Championship Presented by Speedvision began a two-day test session at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday, preparing for races during two HMS weekends this spring.


Arie Luyendyk, Jr.. Photo: Homesteady-Miami Speedway

The U.S. F2000 will compete on the 2.4-mile road course on Saturday, March 3, during the Florida Dodge Dealers 400/Nextel 250 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series/Grand American Road Racing Association weekend. The series will return for a pair of races on the 1.4-mile modified oval as the support events for Indy Racing April 6-8, during the Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami.

Among the drivers testing were a pair of second-generation drivers, Arie Luyendyk and Lanina Ickx. It was the first visit to the Speedway for both pilots.

"This is not an easy track to learn, but it's the best infield course that I've been too," said the 18-year-old son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk. "It's a great facility."


Lanina Ickx, Arie Luyendyk, Jr. Photo: Homestead-Miami Speedway

Ickx is daughter of Belgian endurance ace Jacky Ickx, regarded as the finest racer in international sports car history with six victories in the 24 Hours of LeMans.

Jason LaPointe turned in the fastest lap in the opening session Friday, which was held on the road circuit, 91.264 mph. Saturday's session will be held on the modified oval, which uses turns one and two of the 1.5-mile Speedway and the infield section between turns three and four.

The U.S. F2000 is one of the nation's leading training ground for open-wheel racers, with recent graduates including Greg Ray, Buddy Rice, Robby McGehee, Dan Wheldon and Greg LeMond.

Tickets are now on sale for both the Florida Dodge Dealers 400/Nextel 250 and Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami weekends, either by calling (305) 230-RACE or visiting www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

-J.J. O'Malley

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Robby McGehee , Greg Ray , Arie Luyendyk , Dan Wheldon , Jacky Ickx , Buddy Rice