MONTEREY, Calif., (Sept. 11, 1998) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti earned the provisional pole at Laguna Seca Raceway today, completing the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course in 1:08.398 at an average speed of 117.793 mph. Franchitti was the...
MONTEREY, Calif., (Sept. 11, 1998) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti earned the provisional pole at Laguna Seca Raceway today, completing the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course in 1:08.398 at an average speed of 117.793 mph.
Franchitti was the fastest, but surprisingly received a strong challenge from Adrian Fernandez and Al Unser Jr. Fernandez pushed his way up to second on the provisional grid with a time of 1:08.530 (117.588), while Unser was not far off the pace with a lap of 1:08.579 (117.482 mph).
Paul Tracy, meanwhile, drove his KOOL Reynard-Honda to a time of 1:09.088 (116.616 mph). Tracy spun once during the session, which required a red flag to retrieve his car. The spin also resulted in an eight-minute penalty to Tracy for causing the red flag, which further limited his track time. However, he remains confident about moving up in tomorrow's final qualifying.
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN REYNARD/HONDA/FIRESTONE: (1st with a lap-time of 1:08.398 / 117.793 mph)
"It's good to be fastest today, but we'll have to go quicker tomorrow. I was pushing it very hard there at the end, trying to improve my time. I got the car on the curb, it bottomed out and I ended up in the wall. It was a pretty big impact. The Team KOOL Green guys will fix it for tomorrow and we'll keep improving the car."
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN REYNARD/HONDA/FIRESTONE: (16th with a lap-time of 1:09.088 / 116.616 mph)
"I had a couple of good laps going and I made a mistake on one lap and got caught by a red flag on the other. We'll now work on getting the car better for tomorrow. We've got a little understeer we need to fix. But we've improved the car with every session, so I'm confident we can move up tomorrow."
PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship - Provisional Qualifying
Austrian Phillip Peter earned the provisional pole in today's Indy Lights qualifying with a time of 1:16.520 (105.290 mph). Peter bested the lap of Cristiano da Matta, who toured the circuit with the second fastest time in 1:16.875 (104.804 mph). Meanwhile, Team KOOL Green's Naoki Hattori was 14th with a lap of 1:18.045 at average speed of 103.233 mph.
NAOKI HATTORI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN LOLA: (14th with a lap-time of 1:18.045 / 103.233 mph)
"It's difficult to say what is wrong at this point. I'm trying to go fast, but we just don't have the right setup on the car. We didn't get the most out of our new tires in the session either. I had just gone out on a fresh set when the red flag ended the session. Hopefully, we can find something in the data to go faster tomorrow."
KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship - Provisional Qualifying
Lee Bentham holds the provisional pole after turning a lap of 1:20.218 (100.43 mph). Anthony Lazzaro was second quick at 1:20.588 (99.97 mph), while Kenny Wilden rounded out the top three with a lap of 1:20.980 (99.49 mph). KOOL-sponsored driver Matt Sielsky was fourth with a lap of 1:21.128 (99.31 mph).
MATT SIELSKY, #16 LCI INTERNATIONAL SWIFT-TOYOTA: (4th with a lap-time of 1:21.128 / 99.31 mph)
"I'm pleased with the way the car is handling. There is still more time in me. Once I get myself going as fast as I can, then I'll be able to get the car working better. I think I've learned the track now. If I can pick up 2/100ths of a second in each turn, that should be good for a couple of tenths of a second."
Barber Dodge Pro Series - Provisional Qualifying
Rocky Moran Jr. set the pace in qualifying today with an impressive time of 1:26.287 (93.372 mph). Jeff Simmons was second quick with a lap of 1:26.376 (93.276 mph), while Todd Snyder was third with a time of 1:26.399 (93.251 mph). Team KOOL Green's Alex Gurney was 11th with a lap of 1:27.289 (92.300 mph).
ALEX GURNEY, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN DODGE: (11th with a lap-time of 1:27.32 / 92.300 mph)
"Eleventh obviously is not where I want to be on what I consider my home track. The car was better this afternoon, but the track seemed a bit slower. We fixed the understeer from this morning's session, but now I've got understeer in some corners. It's especially bad in the fast right-hander, Turn 4. There's a lot of time to be gained there."