CHAMPCAR/CART: Gateway Team Kool Green Thursday Report

MADISON, Ill., (May 27, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy was second fastest, while his teammate Dario Franchitti posted the fourth best time in today's combined practice sessions in preparation for the Motorola 300 this Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

MADISON, Ill., (May 27, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy was second fastest, while his teammate Dario Franchitti posted the fourth best time in today's combined practice sessions in preparation for the Motorola 300 this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Central Time. (Live on ABC-TV at 3:00 p.m. ET)

Juan Montoya was fastest today, clocking a lap of 25.153 seconds (181.768 mph) on the 1.27-mile oval at Gateway International Raceway. Tracy was just 0.068 seconds behind Montoya with his time of 25.221 seconds (181.278 mph). Greg Moore was third quick with a lap of 25.239 seconds (181.148 mph), while Franchitti's best lap was timed at 25.324 seconds (180.540 mph).

Tomorrow's schedule has the 27-car field back on track for final practice at 10:00 a.m. Central Time, with single-car qualifying beginning at 2:15 p.m. CT.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (2nd with a lap-time of 25.221 seconds / 181.278 mph) "The track was a little slippery at the start of the second session and we fought the car a little bit. The car was loose and we kind of back-peddled a bit, trying to improve the balance. However, I think we are now headed in the right direction with the setup of the Team KOOL Green car. Tomorrow's final qualifying session will obviously be very important. With what we learned today, I think we'll be able to do better lap-times tomorrow. Honda power is really good and the Firestone tires are excellent as usual."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (4th with a lap-time of 25.324 seconds / 180.540 mph) "That was a good practice session. We were very frustrated this morning because we had a few problems (brakes) to fix. I'm pretty happy with the car, but I'm not 100% happy. That's okay though because I'll sit down with the Team KOOL Green engineers tonight. I'm sure we'll come up with something for tomorrow. The track is pretty good. I think the biggest concern for the entire field is the bump in Turn 3, which upsets the car a little bit. You've just got to find a balance going into the corners? one's a tight-turning radius and the other one is quite wide open. "

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Greg Moore