POLE WINNER: Dario Franchitti won the provisional pole with a time of 1:00.405 and earned the Greg Moore Pole Award, in honor of the late Greg Moore, Franchitti's best friend who succumbed to injuries sustained in a crash at the 1999 season...
POLE WINNER: Dario Franchitti won the provisional pole with a time of 1:00.405 and earned the Greg Moore Pole Award, in honor of the late Greg Moore, Franchitti's best friend who succumbed to injuries sustained in a crash at the 1999 season finale in Fontana, Calif.
CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI, #11 Big Kmart/Route 66 Ford Lola:
QUALIFYING POSITION: 6th
Fittipaldi has run in the top-four in the past seven races but only finished twice which were 3rd place finishes. Did not compete in Vancouver last year due to a testing accident at the Gateway. Best finish at Vancouver was a third place finish in 1996. Will be making his fifth start here. Has always run well here but has struggled in qualifying, posting a best effort of 12th place in 1998, his last event here.
"Our session was cut short by a gearbox problem. We not only had to miss our last attempt to better our starting position but we also have to sit out for eight minutes in the first qualifying session at Laguna. We have had problems in three of the four sessions so far this weekend so hopefully all of the problems are behind us for the weekend. The car had a little more in it. On my fast lap with the first set of tires, I messed up the lap on one part of the course that I had been doing good on. That slowed the lap time down but it was still good enough to put us sixth quick. Luckily we were able to post that time early in the session since the car broke after that and we would have had to start much worse. I'm relatively happy with the sixth place start since it is the highest I have started here. We had problems in qualifying most of the times I have been here and started much farther back. We will just try to get to the front in the race and see what happens."
MICHAEL ANDRETTI, # 6 Big Kmart/Texaco/Havoline Ford-Cosworth Lola
QUALIFYING POSITION: 8th
Going for consistency on track and off -- for the second night in a row, Andretti ate at his favorite Vancouver restaurant -- Tsunami Sushi on Robson St. He has "swept" the Canadian races by winning in Toronto AND Vancouver in 1991 and 1992 and will be hoping to do so again this year after winning his second race of the season at Toronto earlier this summer. Will be his 10th start at Vancouver. Has won three races (1991, 1992, and 1996) and scored a second place finish in 1998 and a third place finish in '94. He has five top-10 finishes at Vancouver. Also has scored three poles here in '90, '91, and '92. Has led a total of 321 laps at Vancouver.
"We could have probably been two tenths (of a second) quicker and started around sixth place but that is all we were capable of. To win the race, we will just have to run all day and stay out of trouble. We need to finish this race strong and collect some points for the Championship. Winning both Canadian races would be great but we just need to finish the race. If we can do that, we will score some points. The car felt better than an eighth place car but we were not in contention for the pole."