FRANCHITTI TO START FROM THE FOURTH ROW AND TRACY TO LINE-UP FROM ROW 5 CART FedEx Championship Series - FINAL QUALIFYING Round 10 of 20 -TEXACO/HAVOLINE 200 ELKHART LAKE, Wisc., (July 10, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti and Paul...
FRANCHITTI TO START FROM THE FOURTH ROW AND TRACY TO LINE-UP FROM ROW 5
CART FedEx Championship Series - FINAL QUALIFYING Round 10 of 20 -TEXACO/HAVOLINE 200
ELKHART LAKE, Wisc., (July 10, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy qualified seventh and ninth respectively for the start of tomorrow's 55-lap Texaco/Havoline 200 at Road America. (Live on ABC-TV at 1:00 p.m. ET)
Michael Andretti won the pole position for the second consecutive year on the 4.048-mile road course, twisting his way around all 14 turns in 1:40.206 seconds (145.428 mph). Juan Montoya lost out on a last ditch effort to unseat Andretti from the pole, but will start on the front row with a time of 1:40.345 (145.227 mph). Gil de Ferran, meanwhile, earned the third position on the grid with a lap-time of 1:40.557 (144.921 mph)
Franchitti was second after qualifying in the first group with a time of 1:40.958 (144.345 mph). He then slipped down to seventh after the second group had finished. Tracy was a part of the second group, but a cut tire disrupted his qualifying effort. His best lap came on a set of used tires, posting a time of 1:42.344 (142.390 mph).
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (9th with a lap-time of 1:41.298 / 143.861 mph)
"On our first set of tires, we cut a tire down so we had one less run than everyone else out there. Cutting that tire really slowed down our progress.
"I'm a little disappointed because on the second set of tires I made a couple of mistakes in the Team KOOL Green car when I had two good laps going. I braked a little too late and it (rear of car) stepped out on me and that killed two laps in a row, both times in Turn 8. We had to regroup and I think we did. I had to be very conservative, trying not to make a mistake to get a good time. So, I know there was more (speed) there.
"We're starting ninth, which isn't bad. It's going to be a tight race that's tough on engines. I think we have a good race car."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (7th with a lap-time of 1:40.958 / 144.345 mph)
"We didn't qualify particularly well here last year (6th), so starting seventh should not hurt us too much. The track grip did build towards the end of the session, but Richie Hearn's accident (in Turn 14) spoiled my best lap as I was pushing the Team KOOL Green car harder. His car was in a thousand scattered pieces at the timing line. "The track was very fast this morning and had a lot of grip. I don't know what kind of cars were on the track since then because there was no grip for the first half of the session. I was pushing a bit too hard when the track wasn't up for it yet. By the end of the session, I was pretty happy with the car because it was handling the way I wanted it, which we haven't had for the last couple of races."
KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship - FINAL QUALIFYING
Team KOOL Green's Alex Gurney will start from 11th on the grid for tomorrow' s 17-lap KOOL/Toyota Atlantic race at Road America beginning at 10:30 a.m. CT. Gurney ran out of fuel with about four minutes left in the session, settling for a lap-time of 2:05.098 (116.491 mph).
Alex Tagliani, meanwhile, won the pole position with a strong lap of 2:03.663 (117.848 mph), knocking Andrew Bordin off of the provisional pole. Bordin will still line-up on the front row with a time of 2:03.970 (117.551 mph). Buddy Rice earned the third position on the grid.
ALEX GURNEY, #27 Team KOOL Green Toyota/Swift: (11th with a lap-time of 2:05.098 / 116.491 mph)
"The fuel pressure warning came on with two laps to go and then the car started sputtering so my guess is we ran out of fuel. I definitely could have picked up some time on those last two laps. That's when you're most in the groove. I really think the Team KOOL Green car was coming together at the end. A couple of tenths would've moved me up quite a bit. Obviously, I wish that I was higher up for the race. It's going to be a real jam on the start, but it should be an awesome race."