CHAMPCAR/CART: Gold Coast Honda Friday notes

Tracy's the Opening Day Wizard in Oz Always quick here in Australia Paul Tracy established himself as a favorite for the Honda Indy 300 pole with a fast lap of 1:32.7 in first round qualifying today at ythe Surfers Paradise street circuit today.

Tracy's the Opening Day Wizard in Oz

Always quick here in Australia Paul Tracy established himself as a favorite for the Honda Indy 300 pole with a fast lap of 1:32.7 in first round qualifying today at ythe Surfers Paradise street circuit today. The Hlonda-powered Canadian, who won here in 1995, was four-tenths of a second quicker than Michael Andretti, a large margin in this season's CART FedEx Championship Series

Six Honda-powered drivers qualified in the top ten today, with series championship rivals Juan. Montoya and Dario Franchitti third and fifth, followed by Gil de Ferran and Tony Kanaan, all within. nine-tenths of a second of Andretti's best lap- Jimmy Vasser rounded out the top ten while Naoki Hattori, in his first visit to Australia. was 24th overall in his Walker Racing entry.

Although rain fell during the morning practice session today, the forecast for the rest of the weekend calls for. clearing skies and mild temperatures.

PAUL TRACY #26 Team KOOL Green Honda) fastest qualifier today: "I had a nice clean lap- I was pretty happy with my first run but when I came in they told me I was only fourth quickest, The car is going over the curbs well and putting the power down well, This place rewards you for being aggressive. You can try hard, drive hard, and it rewards you- Not all tracks are like that, but it's one of the things I like about this place. But we have to stay with the track as it improves tomorrow- That will be the big day."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Naoki Hattori