After the first Day of unofficial testing at the Homestead-Miami Speedway for the second round of the Barber Dodge Pro Series, Nilton Rossoni is continuing the good form brought him victory last weekend at Sebring. Twenty-six drivers took part...
After the first Day of unofficial testing at the Homestead-Miami Speedway for the second round of the Barber Dodge Pro Series, Nilton Rossoni is continuing the good form brought him victory last weekend at Sebring.
Twenty-six drivers took part in today's two test sessions on Homestead's modified oval. Unlike the CART Champ Cars racing here this weekend, the Barber Dodge drivers will use the banked Homestead oval through turns-1and 2, but deviate off just before turn-3 to take a series of fast dog-leg left hand bends before a right-left chicane that rejoins the oval at the exit of turn-4.
Rossoni headed a train of 22 drivers who are within one second of another. Rossoni lapped the 1.4125-mile circuit in 0:43.057 sec. for an average speed of 118.099 mph.
"We had no trouble today, everything was o.k.," said the Brazilian, a former Formula Chevrolet Brazil race winner. "We knew the car when we got here (from Sebring), and we were able to improve the car throughout the session."
Andy Lally of Northport, N.Y. is making his first Barber Dodge Pro Series appearance. The 1999 Valvoline Team USA member, along with '98-'99 Pro Series champ Jeff Simmons, shone brightly on first acquaintance with his Barber Dodge Reynard on the Homestead track. He finished the day with a quick lap of 0:43.129 sec., just 0.072 sec. shy of leader Rossoni.
Third quick was Dutchman Sepp Koster, who's lap at 0:43.187 puts him hot on Lally's heels. Koster shed some light on his driving strategy following the session.
"The key is to run as little downforce as possible," he ellucidated. "It's not just a question of drag, but also of stability. If you have to make a lot of little corrections (because of prevailing winds or turbulence) you lose time." <pre> ROUND 2 Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead, Florida March 23, 2000 TEST SESSION 2
Pos Car Driver/Hometown/Time 1 36 Nilton Rossoni/Curitiba, Brazil/00:43.057 2 62 Andy Lally/Northport, NY/00:43.129 3 5 Sepp Koster/The Netherlands/00:43.187 4 52 Jon Fogarty/Portola Valley, Calif./00:43.247 5 31 Ryan Hunter-Reay/Boca Raton, Fla./00:43.255 6 95 Michael Valiante/Vancouver,Canada/00:43.266 7 17 Matt Plumb/Unionville, Penn./00:43.305 8 28 Andre Nicastro/Rio de Janeiro, Brazil/00:43.313 9 20 Alexandre Sperafico/Brazil/00:43.316 10 9 Roger Yasukawa/Santa Monica, Calif./00:43.476 11 8 Peter Boss/Narragansett, R.I./00:43.490 12 11 Thed Bjork/Vretstorp, Sweden/00:43.505 13 4 Brent Sherman/ North Barrington, Ill./00:43.628 14 82 Jonathon Macri/Ontario, Canada/00:43.630 15 44 Sam Hancock/London, England/00:43.641 16 23 Marc Breuers/Gladwyne, Penn./00:43.643 17 14 Brian Rivera/Miami Lakes, Fla./00:43.646 18 53 Tom Fogarty/Copco Lake, Calif/00:43.652 19 7 Jamie Menninga/Pella, Iowa/00:43.663 20 26 Rhonda Trammell/Pittsboro, Ind./00:43.665 21 25 Kip Gulseth/Manitowoc, Wisc./00:43.799 22 19 Sara Senske/Kennewick, Washington/00:43.863 23 21 Jon Vannini/Hillsborough, California/00:44.160 24 22 Jay Ricci/Grosse Pointe, Michigan/00:44.688 25 12 Keith Dusko/Red Bank, New Jersey/00:44.776 26 33 Milka Duno/Caracas, Venezuela/00:44.846
Track Length: 1.4125 Current Qualifying Record:N/A