PORTLAND, OR., (June 23, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti was fifth fastest in provisional qualifying in preparation for the Freigthliner/G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway. Franchitti turned 16 laps during his 30...
PORTLAND, OR., (June 23, 2000) -- Team KOOL Green's Dario Franchitti was fifth fastest in provisional qualifying in preparation for the Freigthliner/G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway. Franchitti turned 16 laps during his 30 minutes of track time with a quick lap of 59.103 seconds, averaging 119.933 mph.
Gil de Ferran earned the provisional pole with a time of 58.586 seconds (120.991 mph), 0.517 seconds better than Franchitti. Christian Fittipaldi was second to De Ferran with a time of 58.813 seconds (120.524 mph) and Patrick Carpentier was third with a lap of 58.993 seconds (120.157 mph). Michael Andretti was fourth quick ahead of Franchitti.
Paul Tracy was among the first 13 cars to take qualifying laps when track conditions were poor on the 1.969-mile road course. He was third quick in the first group, clocking a time of 60.543 seconds (117.080 mph). Adrian Fernandez was fastest with a time of 60.343s (117.468 mph), followed by Jimmy Vasser with a time of 60.429s (117.080 mph). However, all three drivers tumbled down the timesheet with each driver respectively 13th, 14th, and 15th behind the 12 cars running in the second group.
The 25-car field returns to the track for a practice session tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. with qualifying at 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time. Sunday's race will be broadcast via tape delay on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE:
(15th with a lap-time of 60.543 seconds / 117.080 mph)
"The track was in really bad shape when we were running. At the very end of the session, it was getting better for us in the first group. Unfortunately, you have absolutely no hope to improve when the track gets better and better for group two. I think that we need to reconsider what cars are on track prior to our qualifying sessions. The stock cars put down oil and coolant, not to mention that their tires are incompatible with ours. It was like an ice rink out there. The track for the first group was three seconds off the pace."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE:
(5th with a lap-time of 59.103 seconds / 119.933 mph)
"It was a weird session because the track was just so slick. There was no grip out there. We definitely improved the KOOL car from this morning's session. We overcame a lack of mechanical grip from this morning. I'm pretty happy with that. But we've still got a long way to go. Now we need to get more grip from the rear end."