TRACY TO START FROM THE THIRD ROW AND FRANCHITTI 12TH ON THE GRID CART FedEx Championship Series - FINAL QUALIFYING Round 8 of 20 - Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 PORTLAND, Ore., (June 19, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy will start sixth,...
TRACY TO START FROM THE THIRD ROW AND FRANCHITTI 12TH ON THE GRID
CART FedEx Championship Series - FINAL QUALIFYING Round 8 of 20 - Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200
PORTLAND, Ore., (June 19, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy will start sixth, while his teammate Dario Franchitti will begin from the 12th position on the grid for tomorrow's Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200. The 98-lap race will be broadcast live on ABC-TV at 4:00 p.m. ET.
Juan Montoya won his third pole of the season today at Portland International Raceway, setting a new track record with a lap of 58.193 seconds (121.808 mph). Montoya bettered the old track record by 0.165 seconds, which was previously held by Bryan Herta (58.358 seconds). Helio Castro-Neves (58.282 / 121.622 mph) and Gil de Ferran (58.339 / 121.504 mph) also beat the old mark, posting the second and third quickest laps respectively.
Tracy's quickest lap on the 1.969-mile road course was 58.403 seconds (121.370 mph). Franchitti, meanwhile, took all 12 turns on course in 58.642 seconds (120.876 mph).
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (6th with a lap-time of 58.403 / 121.370 mph) "I'm pretty happy to be starting from the inside of the third row. It was a good effort from Team KOOL Green today, but I'm not completely satisfied. We tested here and did a 57.5 lap. We just couldn't get the hang of the set-up. We were missing overall grip. I'm not sure if it was the track. It could have been a lot worse. My quickest lap was my last lap. Traffic was bad, but I don't think we could have done much better than what we did right there. It's our best starting position on a road course in some time.
"As for the race, I'm looking to get a couple of guys on the start. I'd like to nail down a top-five result or a podium would be great. We can win this race, but you need to be there at the end to win it. I'm not going to be too wild on the start."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (12th with a lap-time of 58.642 / 120.876 mph) "The Team KOOL Green car was great on the first set of tires, but there was a problem with the second set. Hence, we're 12th. It's going to be a very difficult race tomorrow, starting where we are. I'll just have to drive it hard and maybe we'll try some interesting tactics to try to move up."
DON HALLIDAY, Race Engineer for Dario Franchitti: "We've had a good car all weekend and I think we had a shot at pole, but it wasn't to be. Firestone mis-mounted one of the tires and our back-up check didn't catch it. The strategy for tomorrow is simple - we'll try to pick up as many points as possible."
PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship - FINAL QUALIFYING
Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane will start from the front row after posting the second quickest qualifying lap at Portland International Raceway. He sped around the 1.969-mile road course to his best qualifying position of the season in 1:06.267 seconds (106.967 mph). The only driver faster than Kane today was Oriol Servia, who won the pole with a time of 1:06.112 (107.218 mph). Philipp Peter will start third based on his lap of 1:06.281 (106.945 mph).
The green flag falls for tomorrow's 38-lap race at 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time.
JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (4th with a lap-time of 1:06.267 / 106.967 mph) "It's nice to put Team KOOL Green on the front row. I'm really happy for my guys because we're certainly in a good position for tomorrow's race. I'm still not used to rolling starts all that much, but I'll just have to do my best. Hopefully we can get a good start and get into the first corner first. It's going to be very difficult though with the pole winner dictating the pace of the start. The most important thing tomorrow is to get a good finish."