Bridgestone Potenza 500 Circuit: Twin Ring Motegi (1.55-mile oval), Motegi, Japan 2001 Winner: Kenny Brack (Ford Cosworth) 178.114 mph average speed 2001 Pole: Helio Castroneves (Honda) 215.591 mph average speed Weather: Overcast, cool, 55-degrees...
Bridgestone Potenza 500
Circuit: Twin Ring Motegi (1.55-mile oval), Motegi, Japan
2001 Winner: Kenny Brack (Ford Cosworth) 178.114 mph average speed
2001 Pole: Helio Castroneves (Honda) 215.591 mph average speed
Weather: Overcast, cool, 55-degrees F
Franchitti third quickest in Motegi practice.
Dario Franchitti led the Honda contingent today as practice got underway for Sunday's Bridgestone Potenza 500 at the Honda-owned Twin Ring Motegi speedway, located approximately 60 miles north of downtown Tokyo, Japan.
Tony Kanaan led the field for much of the final practice session this afternoon for Mo Nunn Racing, but dropped down slightly in the order in the closing minutes to end the day fifth. Team Motorola's Michael Andretti also had an top-ten day today, running eighth overall.
Paul Tracy, like Andretti running a new Lola chassis for the first time this weekend, finished 11th despite missing the final half-hour due to suspension problems in his Team KOOL Green entry, with Fernandez Racing teammates Adrian Fernandez just seven-hundredths of a second back in 13th and Shinji Nakano 19th in the final order.
Final practice takes place tomorrow morning here in Japan (Thursday evening in much of the USA), with single- car qualifying following in the afternoon. Highlights of today's action and qualifying will televised in the United States on Speed Channel on Thursday, April 25 at 11:00 am EDT and Friday at 2:00 p.m. EDT and again at 9:30 p.m. EDT.
Dario Franchitti (#27 Team KOOL Green Honda) 3rd fastest today: "We spent most of today working on our race setup and adapting to the new variables we have this year a different wing package and 34-inches of (turbocharger) boost. For the afternoon session, we did another long run, 75 laps. Then, like a lot of the others I think, at the end we put on a fresh set of tires and tried to put in a quick lap to see where we stand for qualifying tomorrow. We managed to put a pretty reasonable time on the board, I think, so we should be in pretty good shape."