The Newman-Haas team shone in Spring Training, and is under pressure to deliver the goods in races this year, but it will not be going all out for victory.

Michael Andretti led in the season opener at Homestead, but was a victim of a Ford failure, and team-mate Christian Fittipaldi put his Lola on the front row for the cancelled Nazareth race, but it has yet to fully recreate the performance it showed in testing. This, naturally, has led to questions about the team's ability to win the title in 2000, but Andretti says that patience will be necessary to succeed, and not winning every round.

I know everybody says it every year, but its crazy how competitive [the series] is, he told CART journalist Gordon Kirby, You wonder how its possible, but it is. Its going to be really cut-throat.

Basically, [our goal is] to not beat ourselves. I think we just have to take whatever we can get on a given weekend, because youre not going to win them all. If we can just walk away with points from every race, I believe well win the championship, I really do. I think that, if we'd had a mistake-free year last year, we would have won.

Newman-Haas has reverted to Lolas for 2000, ending the moderately successful relationship with US constructor Swift, and Andretti thinks that the move is a good one, even if the car is unlikely to win at Long Beach on Sunday.

The [Lola] is good, he says, It has good downforce, and is good on the ovals. Were still working on the road courses, but we learned a lot at the last test on the Homestead road course. We came away from that test feeling a little better. Were pretty excited, but were still not there.



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