CART FedEx Championship Series - PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING Round 13 of 20 - DETROIT GRAND PRIX DETROIT, Mich., (Aug. 6, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy won the provisional pole today in preparation for the 75-lap Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix...
CART FedEx Championship Series - PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING Round 13 of 20 - DETROIT GRAND PRIX
DETROIT, Mich., (Aug. 6, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy won the provisional pole today in preparation for the 75-lap Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Tracy powered through the 14-turn, 2.364-mile temporary street circuit in 1:14.269 seconds (113.716 mph).
Tracy's closest rival today was Juan Montoya, lapping the Belle Isle course in 1:14.573 seconds (113.573 mph). Michael Andretti was third quick with a lap of 1:14.405 seconds (113.509 mph). Dario Franchitti, meanwhile, did not record a time in the #27 KOOL car. Franchitti clipped a tire barrier early in the session, which resulted in an eight-minute penalty for a causing a red flag. The incident also forced him into his spare car, which stalled almost immediately upon returning to the course. He climbed from the car at that point to end his qualifying run.
Tomorrow's schedule has the 27-car field back on track for final practice at 9:00 a.m. ET, with qualifying beginning at 12:45 p.m. Sunday's race will be broadcast via tape-delay on ABC-TV at 4:00 p.m.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (1st with a lap-time of 1:14.269 seconds / 113.716 mph)
"We're still working on some things to get more grip in the car. The track is pretty slippery, but the Firestones tires helped us with that. I put my fresh tires on and got the fast time on my third lap. We kind of slid the KOOL car around the track, kept it off the walls and put in that good time. We learned quite a bit about the car today. Generally, I'm happy with the balance; we just need to improve the grip. Hopefully, we can stay on the pole. I know we're going to have to step it up tomorrow to keep it.
"I think they have done a good job with the track, considering what they have to work with. Any street course is hard to pass on. But now a days, guys are giving each other a bit more room. Like in Toronto, there was passing and there hasn't been before. It should be a good race this Sunday."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (26th ; No time / No speed)
"The session started badly and got worse. I got quite close to the wall. There were some tires there for some reason. They were where I thought they shouldn't have been. They ripped the left rear tire off my KOOL car. Rather than rubbing down along the wall, I looked in my mirror and the tire was gone. We served our eight-minute penalty for stopping the session. We then went out in the spare car and didn't make the first half a lap. We stopped almost in the exact same spot as the first time. It's a bit frustrating, but we'll come back tomorrow. This car is pretty good. I was watching Paul out there. He's driving well and we have similar setups. So, it looks good for tomorrow.
"The pole is important, but generally we've been starting near the front particularly on street courses. We'll be in the slower group tomorrow, which will be a bit of a handicap. We'll still give it our best shot though."
PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship - PROVISIONAL QUALIFYING
Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane crashed in Turn 4, just 10 minutes into provisional qualifying. He had to settle for 10th with a lap of 1:24.757 seconds (99.645 mph). Kane was second fastest at the time of the accident. He also went faster in morning practice, posting a time of 1:24.600 seconds (99.830 mph).
Didier Andre, meanwhile, won the provisional pole with a time of 1:23.648 seconds (100.966 mph). Felipe Giaffone was not far off the pace as second quickest with a time of 1:23.745 seconds (100.849 mph). Derek Higgins was third with a time of 1:24.088 seconds (100.438 mph).
JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Toyota/Swift: (10th with a lap-time of 1:24.757 seconds / 99.645 mph)
"I lost the rear end of the car on the way into Turn 4. The car actually felt okay before it happened. I'm not sure if I lost it on a bump or whether it was driver error. I'm just not sure. I hit the left-hand side of the Team KOOL Green car pretty hard. Both the left front and left rear corners are badly damaged. However, as long as the weather is okay tomorrow we should be okay. We have two brand new sets of tires to use tomorrow. If the rain holds off, we should be in there for a shout and a shot at the pole."