CHAMPCAR/CART: Team Kool Green Friday Milwaukee Report

WHAT: Miller Lite 200 Round 7 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series WHEN: May 29-31 WHERE: The Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin TRACY SECOND FASTEST AS CART PRACTICE IS CUT SHORT AT THE MILWAUKEE...

WHAT: Miller Lite 200 Round 7 of 19 in the FedEx Championship Series

WHEN: May 29-31

WHERE: The Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin

TRACY SECOND FASTEST AS CART PRACTICE IS CUT SHORT AT THE MILWAUKEE MILE

WEST ALLIS, Wis., (May 29, 1998) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy was second quick in morning practice behind both the primary and back-up cars of Michael Andretti. The morning session was cut short when Andretti's Newman-Haas teammate Christian Fittipaldi crashed into the wall at the exit of turn two.

Fittipaldi suffered a concussion and will not race this weekend. Roberto Moreno will serve as his substitute driver. Fittipaldi's accident did cause enough damage to the wall to force the cancellation of all remaining practice sessions for Champ Cars, Indy Lights and the KOOL / Toyota Atlantic Championship. Repairs to the wall began this afternoon to ensure tomorrow's on track activities will procede as scheduled.

In what turned out to be the only Champ Car session of the day, Andretti paced his primary Swift-Ford around the mile-oval in 20.757 seconds at 178.985 mph. He was nearly as fast in his back-up car, as he clocked in at 20.870 seconds (178.016 mph). Tracy, who won the pole last year and set a track record with a lap of 20.160 seconds at 184.286 mph, turned in a time of 20.893 seconds (177.820 mph). Fittipaldi was third quick before the accident at 20.916 seconds (177.625 mph).

The second KOOL Reynard-Honda piloted by Dario Franchitti was the 15th-fastest of the 37 cars to take the track. Franchitti used his practice time to work on a baseline setup, not having tested at The Milwaukee Mile this seasoni`. His best lap was completed in 21.395 seconds at 173.648 mph.

Paul Tracy, #26 Team KOOL Green Reynard/Honda/Firestone: (Started 1st / Finished 6th at Milwaukee in 1997; Currently 11th overall with 20 points)

"I would have liked to have had some more practice time. But it's a safety issue and we need to fix the problem with the track and make it safe for the race. The car was really good this morning. We made some improvements since we tested here. The car is pretty well sorted out now, but we've got some more improvements to make."

Dario Franchitti, #27 Team KOOL Green Reynard/Honda/Firestone: (Started 7th / Finished 16th at Milwaukee in 1997; Currently 8th overall with 26 points)

"The problems we've had are just small problems -- nothing massive. I'm confident that Don (Halliday, chief engineer) and the rest of the engineering staff will sort it out. It's a shame we're not running this afternoon, but safety is the first issue and the track wasn't safe."

Barry Green, Team KOOL Green owner:

"Not running this afternoon obviously affects our plans. We're quite happy with Paul's car; he's really pleased with the balance, but we'd like to see Dario a little quicker. He was unlucky in that he'd just put on a new set of tires to go out and set a new baseline, then we went yellow. So he never got to run a new set of tires. So we've got one driver who needs the practice and one driver who doesn't. What worries me the most though is the weather forecast; it doesn't look good."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Barry Green