NAZARETH, Pa., (April 7, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy drove to the 10th and 11th best laps today in practice for the 225-lap Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix. Franchitti's trip around the one-mile oval at Nazareth...
NAZARETH, Pa., (April 7, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti and Paul Tracy drove to the 10th and 11th best laps today in practice for the 225-lap Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix. Franchitti's trip around the one-mile oval at Nazareth Speedway was clocked at 19.623 seconds, averaging 173.551 mph. Tracy, meanwhile, turned a lap of19.706 seconds (172.820 mph).
Juan Montoya was quickest after the opening two practice sessions, beating his pole time from last year by 0.589 seconds. His time today was 19.189 seconds (177.477 mph), 0.139 seconds better than Helio Castro-Neves with a lap of 19.328 seconds (176.200 mph). Roberto Moreno stands third with a lap of 19.403 seconds (175.519 mph).
Weather permitting (threat of rain), pole qualifying will begin tomorrow at 1:15 p.m. ET and will air at 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday on ESPN2. CART 2Day airs at 11 a.m. Sunday on ESPN2, with ABC's live race broadcast due to begin at 1 p.m. ET.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE:
(11th with a lap-time of 19.706 seconds / 172.820 mph)
"I can't say I'm that happy with where we ended up, but an electrical problem screwed us right at the end. I'm disappointed because we had just put on a new set of tires to get the job done. The KOOL car was strong, but we never got the chance for another fast lap. I think we could have got down into the low 19s. But all in all, we're in pretty good shape. Of course, with the weather being a bit iffy for tomorrow's qualifying we may take a hit on our starting spot compared to where we think we could have started. But, hey, the weatherman's been wrong before."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE:
(10th with a lap-time of 19.623 seconds / 173.551 mph)
"We tested at Nazareth after my accident and learned a lot of things. Steve's experience (Steve Challis, his race engineer) on the short ovals really helped and Tino (Tino Belli, Technical Director) has been working in the wind tunnel. Now, we're working really well together at the race track. There's a formula in place that's working.
"The car felt good this morning. We were very conservative, sneaking up on a good race car. This afternoon we ran with a bit heavier fuel load in race conditions and the car felt fine. I got to run close to a few people and the car felt reasonably good in traffic. After that, we did some longer runs to dial the car in and ran laps of 19.7, 19.6 and I think there's a bit more left in the car. It's a good time and it may end up being our qualifying time. I don't know about the weather for the rest of the weekend. It's a bit like Scotland. I'll think I'll go ask Mario (Mario Andretti, who resides in the area year-round) to see if he knows."