LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Dario Franchitti qualified 5th and his Team KOOL Green teammate Paul Tracy qualified 8th today for tomorrow's Miller Lite 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Franchitti set a quick lap of 1:05.012 / 123.141 mph, while Tracy's fast lap was 1:06.361 / 122.494. Gil de Ferran earned his second consecutive Mid-Ohio pole (1:05.442 / 124.214 mph) and teammate Helio Castroneves, last year's race winner, was second (1:05.877 / 123.394 mph). Patrick Carpentier will line up third (1:05.905 / 123.341).
FedEx Championship Series drivers have a warm-up tomorrow morning from 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. before taking the green flag at 12:00 p.m. The 83-lap race will be televised live on ESPN. (All times EDT.)
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(8th with a lap of 1:06.361 / 121.494 mph)
"I'm pretty happy with how we qualified. We were struggling all weekend, but the Team KOOL Green crew made some changes in the right direction and improved the car a lot for qualifying. The car had been really loose going into a turn under braking all weekend. My gut feeling was that we needed to stiffen up the front end of the car to stop it from stepping out and to try to stabilize it.
"We're starting in the top ten, it's a long race and a lot can happen at this track. I think we've got a good opportunity tomorrow."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(5th with a lap of 1:05.012 / 123.141 mph)
"We changed brake pads after practice and ruined the balance completely. That really hurt us because on the first lap I put a flat spot on the tires and we lost our first run at finding the balance of the car. So we were a bit in the dark as far as that was concerned. For the second run we made the changes we could, but then we couldn't change the tires again (to a third set) and that hurt, too. The car was pretty loose. I was lucky when I spun because I only just tapped the tires. The Team KOOL Green guys did a great job putting the car back together and it didn't feel any different, but it was the best we could do today."