SBRS: Homestead; Nilton Rossoni Rollin'' On

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                   
                                

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Milka Duno , Peter Boss , Jon Fogarty , Michael Valiante , Jay Ricci , Andy Lally , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Brent Sherman , Tom Fogarty , Marc Breuers , Roger Yasukawa , Jon Vannini , Nilton Rossoni , Thed Björk , Sepp Koster , Rhonda Trammell , Jeff Simmons , Matt Plumb , Sam Hancock