CHAMPCAR/CART: Nazareth KOOL Racing - Friday Notes

PAUL TRACY AND DARIO FRANCHITTI READY FOR QUALIFYING AT NAZARETH NAZARETH, Pa., (April 24, 1998) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti were the seventh and eighth fastest after two practice sessions on the 1-mile oval at...

PAUL TRACY AND DARIO FRANCHITTI READY FOR QUALIFYING AT NAZARETH NAZARETH, Pa., (April 24, 1998) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti were the seventh and eighth fastest after two practice sessions on the 1-mile oval at the Nazareth Speedway in preparation for tomorrow's qualifying at 1:15 p.m. EDT. Brazilian rookie Helio Castro-Neves turned the quickest lap, circling the track in 18.888 seconds at 180.305 mph. He was a shade faster than Canadian Greg Moore, who posted a lap-time of 18.962 seconds (179.601 mph). Third quick was Christian Fittipald i, who had the best time from the first session with 19.008 seconds (179.167 mph). Windy conditions with gusts from 14-20 mph kept drivers from challenging the track record of 18.831 seconds (191.174 mph) held by Paul Tracy. Tracy, who recently moved to Las Vegas with his new wife Liisa, established the mark when he won the pole at la st year's race. Tracy posted the third-fastest time in the first practice session, turning a lap of 19.115 seconds at 178.490 mph. In the combined practice report his time was the good enough for seventh. Meanwhile, his teammate Dario Franchitti of Pompano Beach, Fla. , went faster than he has ever gone before at Nazareth. He was 19.2 seconds in testing, but completed a lap of 19.137 seconds (177.969 mph) in the afternoon. Paul Tracy, #26 Team KOOL Green Reynard-Honda (Firestone): (7th in Combined Practice: 19.115 seconds at 178.164 mph) "The track is getting warmer and more slippery and we're concentrating on our race set up, so we're not as fast as we were this morning (19.115 seconds). And it's definitely warmer than it was when I set the 18.6 in testing. Then it was probably only 4 0 degrees. We haven't done a lot of laps here in traffic, so we're trying to run up close behind guys to see what it's like, because that's how we'll have to run the whole race on Sunday. Tomorrow morning we'll work on the qualifying setup; we've got a few tweeks to put on the car." Dario Franchitti, #27 Team KOOL Green Reynard-Honda (Firestone): (8th in Combined Practice: 19.137 seconds at 177.969 mph) "It's pretty difficult to say how the car is. It's okay when I'm running alone. But, what we're trying to do is get a car that's good in traffic. So we're working on a race setup . You want to be at the front of the grid, but it's not nearly as impor tant as some other races. It's more important to be able to run in traffic because if you're just a little off, it's easy to find yourself a lap down --you've got to stay on top of it. It definitely will the make for an interesting day's work on Sunday. "

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Greg Moore