CHAMPCAR/CART: Homestead Team KOOL Grean Friday report

FRANCHITTI 2nd and BOESEL 27th IN PRACTICE FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI HOMESTEAD, Fla., (March 19, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti was second fastest, while teammate Raul Boesel was 27th in the first day of practice for the CART ...

FRANCHITTI 2nd and BOESEL 27th IN PRACTICE FOR THE GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI

HOMESTEAD, Fla., (March 19, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti was second fastest, while teammate Raul Boesel was 27th in the first day of practice for the CART FedEx Championship Series season-opening Grand Prix of Miami. Franchitti's fastest lap around the 1.5-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway oval was 25.518 seconds, an average speed of 211.897 mph. Boesel, who is substituting for regular driver Paul Tracy, found the track conditions radically different than at Spring Training in February and could only manage a best lap of 26.256 seconds, at an average speed of 205.941 mph.

Adrian Fernandez set the fastest time of the day with a lap of 25.360 seconds (213.218 mph). Patrick Carpentier's lap of 25.537 seconds (211.740 mph) placed him third fastest. All 28 drivers will try to improve on their times tomorrow when the schedule includes a final practice session in the morning prior to the afternoon's qualifying session to set the grid for Sunday's 225-mile race which is set to take the green flag at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. The race is being shown on a tape-delay at 4:00 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (2nd with a lap-time of 25.518 s / 211.897 mph)

"The balance of the KOOL car is very good at the moment. It's been a good day in that we've been running up front. We spent most of the day adapting to the changing track conditions. We went out for this morning's practice session and the track was completely different - it was like we never ran here before. I don't know why, whether it was from the different rubber from the NASCAR trucks or what? But our setup seems to fit the track.

There's a lot less grip than ever before. We're constantly trying to make the car better for both long runs and in traffic. We could have a little better balance, and that's what we'll work on tomorrow "

RAUL BOESEL, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (27th with a lap-time of 26.256 / 205.941 mph)

"We had a fantastic CART Spring Training in the development of the car a month ago. Now, I think the track has changed a lot and we really need to re-set our car. In this last session, we have really improved the KOOL car and we have a direction to go for tomorrow. We are about a half-second slower than the front guys, but with the changes we'll make tonight I expect to improve a lot."

PPG-Dayton Indy Lights - PRACTICE Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane was eighth in today's practice with a lap of 30.384 seconds (177.962 mph). Felipe Giaffone was the quickest in the two practice sessions with an incredible lap of 29.838 seconds (181.219 mph).

Derek Higgins was second fastest in 30.002 seconds (180.228 mph), while Scott Dixon was third quick with a time of 30.063 seconds ( 179.862 mph).

JONNY KANE, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN LOLA T97/20: (8th with a lap-time 30.384 / 177.962 mph)

"It's going okay, we're really working to get the KOOL car setup right.

I think the ovals are a bit psychological.  If you have a moment, it will 
take you a bit of time to get back up to speed.  I'm comfortable though. 

I'd say the weather has changed quite a bit from Wednesday when we were fourth fastest, so the car felt a lot different this morning. I think we should be okay tomorrow. The track has been very inconsistent as well.

Sometimes the grip is there and sometimes it isn't. However, I'm pretty pleased because we picked up some time from this morning."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Raul Boesel , Adrian Fernandez , Patrick Carpentier , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Derek Higgins , Jonny Kane