Miller Lite 225 Practice Report - 2001

6/1/2001 11:21:07 PM

Honda Racing Report
Friday, June 1, 2001

Miller Lite 225 Practice Report
Circuit:Milwaukee Mile (1.0 mile oval), Milwaukee, Wis.
2000 Winner: Juan Montoya (Toyota) 142.684 mph
2000 Pole: Juan Montoya (Toyota) 177.769 mph
Weather: Overcast, morning showers, 61-degrees F

Friday Practice Times:

Ps. Driver	         Manufacturer    Time	   	Speed		
1.  Helio Castroneves    Honda           22.300		166.601 mph
2.  Cristiano da Matta   Toyota          22.463		165.392 mph
3.  Kenny Brack          Ford Cosworth   22.535		164.864 mph
4.  Tony Kanaan          Honda           22.547		164.776 mph
5.  Alex Zanardi         Honda           22.647		164.048 mph
6.  Jimmy Vasser         Toyota          22.726		163.478 mph
7.  Paul Tracy	         Honda           22.756		163.262 mph
8.  Shinji Nakano        Honda           22.757		163.255 mph
9.  Bryan Herta	         Ford Cosworth   22.775		163.126 mph
10. Max Papis	         Ford Cosworth   22.812		162.862 mph
11. Gil de Ferran        Honda           22.842   	162.648 mph
12. Michael Andretti     Honda           22.846		162.619 mph
13. Dario Franchitti     Honda           22.878		162.392 mph
17. Adrian Fernandez     Honda           22.905		162.200 mph

Indy Winner Castroneves Paces Milwaukee Practice

Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves continues on a hot streak in open wheel racing, as the Marlboro Team Penske driver also was quickest today in opening CART FedEx Championship Series practice for Sunday's Miller Lite 225.

The Brazilian was one of three Honda-powered drivers to post top five times in the single practice session held today. Overnight showers soaked the Milwaukee Mile facility, and it was just past noon when the circuit went green today for a single, two-hour practice.

In addition to Castroneves, Mo Nunn Racing teammates Tony Kanaan and Alex Zanardi finished the day fourth and fifth quickest; while Paul Tracy and Shinji Nakano rounded out the top eight for Honda.

The chance for additional rain continues throughout the weekend, with Champ Car practice continuing tomorrow at 9:30 am CDT, and single-car qualifying scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

Helio Castroneves (#3 Marlboro Team Penske Honda) Quickest in practice today: "Well, its been a very busy week, but as soon as the helmet went on today it was back to business, and so far business is very good! It's definitely time to focus on the (CART) championship now, because it is so competitive and every point counts right now. Today was just the first session, I'm sure tomorrow will be much harder. But I really like the short ovals. Everything happens so fast. It's tough, bumpy and very challenging, and I like challenging tracks."

Tony Kanaan (#55 Hollywood/Mo Nunn Racing Honda) 4th fastest today: "It was definitely a good day from a team standpoint. I mean 'teamwork' when I say that. Me and Alex were both trying different things with our cars and we both ended up in the top five. That's not where I want to be. I want to be running up front, and I know we are capable of being the fastest cars out here. Now we have to go to work and figure out the best things we learned today and come back and try to move up in the order with both of our cars tomorrow."

Alex Zanardi (#66 Pioneer/Worldcom/Mo Nunn Racing Honda) 5th fastest today: "I think we made some very good progress during that session. I can't say I was very happy with what my car was doing at the beginning of the session. But we made some changes all along the way, and the ones we made at the end of the session put us where we are in the order. I still can't say I'm incredibly happy with my car right now. But I'm guessing there are many other people who feel that way because look at where we are on the timesheet. We'll put our heads together and come up with something that will help us feel more comfortable in the car tomorrow. I can definitely feel the changes Reynard made to the chassis since Nazareth. The Lolas are still out ahead of us. But we beat many of the Lolas today when that was not the case at Nazareth."