Idrivers Eye View:/I Al Unser Jr-: Homestead
April 6, 2001 | 10:00 A.M. EST
In 1999, I was knocked off of the track in an accident in Turn 2 on the first lap. I broke my leg, and that was the beginning of a very tough season for me.
But now I am back at Homestead with a new series and a new team.
The Indy Racing Northern Light Series is going to put on a good show this Sunday. The IRL cars might not run three wide at Homestead, but their high amount of downforce will allow them to race extremely close to one another on the track, and this will help increase the amount of passing.
Galles Racing had a tough time in Phoenix, so we went back to Albuquerque, N.M., after the race and evaluated what we needed to do to be more competitive. We found that the area where we really didn't have enough people was the engineering department. So Rick Galles hired two more engineers for Didier and Casey's team. This will free up my engineer, Alan Mertens, to concentrate more on my program.
Three-car teams take time to jell, and I think that we are making positive steps in the right direction to make that happen. We do have a lot of new people on the team, but we also have a lot of veterans. My crew on my car is the same crew I had last year, which is important for me.
The Indy Racing Series is so competitive and we know that we have to continually make improvements if we want to run at the front.
We ran a bit Friday before the rain started in practice, and the car felt a lot better than it did in Phoenix.
We still have a few practices and qualifying left, so we will have to see where we are at after all of that happens.
Like I said, I plan on making some new memories at Homestead Speedway this weekend, and I want them to be good and fast memories.