CHAMPCAR/CART: Long Beach: Team Kool Green Friday qualifying summary

Tracy 9th & Franchitti 14th in Long Beach qualifying. LONG BEACH, Calif. - Team KOOL Green teammates Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti set the ninth and 14th fastest laps in today's provisional qualifying for Sunday's Long Beach Grand...

Tracy 9th & Franchitti 14th in Long Beach qualifying.

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Team KOOL Green teammates Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti set the ninth and 14th fastest laps in today's provisional qualifying for Sunday's Long Beach Grand Prix.

Tracy turned his fastest lap early in the one-hour session - 101.465 mph / 1:09.825 seconds - and held the top spot until just past the halfway mark. He stands ninth in provisional qualifying with the second and final qualifying session scheduled tomorrow afternoon.

Teammate Franchitti battled a lack of grip in setting his fastest lap today. He averaged 101.057 mph (1:10.107 seconds) around the 1.968-mile oceanside circuit, placing him 14th on the provisional grid.

Newman-Haas Racing teammates Cristiano da Matta and Christian Fittipaldi earned the top two spots today. Da Matta, winner of the last three races in the FedEx Championship Series posted the fastest time today - 102.542 mph / 1:09.092 seconds - and earned a championship point for winning the provisional pole. Fittipaldi averaged 102.352 mph (1:09.220 seconds) on his fast lap.

Saturday's on-track schedule begins with a morning practice session from 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), followed by the second and final qualifying session from 4:45 - 5:45 p.m. (EDT).

Tomorrow's qualifying is being aired live on SPEED Channel, with Sunday's race being broadcast live on FOX at 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:

"The first part of the session was good. My fastest lap was my sixth one out. Then we came in and made a change to the car. I don't think the change made the KOOL car much better, but I also had a lot of traffic - especially guys coming out of the pits in front of me when I was on a fast lap. Then on my quick lap I made a mistake and it cost me a couple of tenths. The car feels pretty good, but we're in the middle of the field. That's not where we need to be. We need to make the car better from mid-corner to the exit of the corners. If we do that, I think we can take another chunk off our lap times."

Friday Practice
Position: 16th
Speed: 99.351 mph
Time: 1:11.311 secs

Friday Qualifying
Position: 9th
Speed: 101.465 mph
Time: 1:09.825 secs

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:

"The car is pretty bad. There is a small imbalance but the biggest problem is an overall lack of grip. The car was no better this morning. We've got a lot of work to do before tomorrow. The Team KOOL Green engineers and I are going to have a good look at the data tonight and see what we can find."

Friday Practice
Position: 14th
Speed: 99.702 mph
Time: 1:11.060 secs

Friday Qualifying
Position: 14th
Speed: 101.057 mph
Time: 1:10.107 secs

KYLE MOYER, TKG TEAM MANAGER: 'I don't know what's wrong with Dario's car. I'm quite confused. I don't think the car is all that bad but our lap times are really stinking up the place, so we have our work cut out for us tonight. All three cars (TKG teammate Paul Tracy and Team Motorola driver Michael Andretti) aren't doing as well as we'd like. Usually one of the three of them is running up front. We're going to have to do some big changes tonight."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Cristiano da Matta