FRANCHITTI & TRACY EARN TOP-FIVE FINISHES CART FedEx Championship Series - RACE Round 8 of 20 - Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 PORTLAND, Ore., (June 20, 1999) - Dario Franchitti finished third and Paul Tracy was fifth for Team KOOL Green in today's...
FRANCHITTI & TRACY EARN TOP-FIVE FINISHES
CART FedEx Championship Series - RACE Round 8 of 20 - Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200
PORTLAND, Ore., (June 20, 1999) - Dario Franchitti finished third and Paul Tracy was fifth for Team KOOL Green in today's running of the Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 at Portland International Raceway. Both drivers were forced to conserve fuel after making their second and final stop, which left them unable to challenge race winner Gil de Ferran.
De Ferran's third career win came with a comfortable gap of 4.393 seconds over runner-up Juan Montoya. In the race, he successfully pulled out far enough ahead of Montoya and Franchitti to make a third stop for a splash of fuel. He was not challenged upon returning to the track, as Montoya and Franchitti tried to conserve fuel on just two pit stops. Tracy, faced with the same fuel situation, was forced to give up fourth place to Adrian Fernandez in the closing laps.
Montoya maintains a slim four-point lead in the championship standings with an 89-85 advantage over Franchitti. De Ferran's victory helped him to move from seventh to third overall with 71 points, dropping Greg Moore to fourth with 69. Fernandez is now fifth with 65 points, followed by Michael Andretti (64) and Christian Fittipaldi (61). Tracy remains eighth overall, but added 10 points today to total 46.
PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (Started 6th / Finished 5th ; Currently 8th in the PPG Cup standings with 46 points)
"It was a fuel race pure and simple. We just didn't have enough in the Team KOOL Green car. I used up too much in the first few laps after the last stop. I had to coast the last 10 laps and had to let Adrian (Fernandez) go by which was hard to do. I couldn't make the fuel mileage and keep him behind me. We played it as close as we could. I ran out right at the checkered flag. We want to knock down top-five finishes for the rest of the year. If we can do that, we could be right back in the fight for the championship."
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (Started 12th / Finished 3rd ; Currently 2nd in the PPG Cup standings with 85 points)
"Third place after starting 12th is good. It certainly helps us in the points. I must say thanks to my Team KOOL Green crew. They hung in there after the terrible day we had yesterday. It's very frustrating to start so far back. I did my part, trying to pass as many guys as I could and the Team KOOL Green crew certainly did their part on the pit stops. They gained me a few positions today. Great teamwork for Team KOOL Green today! "I don't think you could believe how slow we were going there at the end. We were using fifth gear instead of fourth, using half throttle down the straights, just trying to make the fuel mileage. The team was talking me through it and called it just right.
PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship - RACE
Team KOOL Green's Jonny Kane finished sixth in today's 38-lap race at Portland International Raceway. He started on the front row with pole winner Oriol Servia. Both drivers, however, were caught out in the first corner of the first lap. Kane dropped back to eighth, while Servia was second to his teammate Philipp Peter. Kane was running as high as fifth, before contact with Scott Dixon dropped him to ninth. He fought his way back to sixth overall in the final three laps. Peter led all 38 laps after winning the first corner. His margin of victory was 0.782 seconds over Servia and Guy Smith in third
JONNY KANE, #27 Team KOOL Green Lola T97/20: (Started 2nd / Finished 6th ; Currently 14th in the standings with 19 points)
"On the start, the guys from behind seemed to get a jump on the front row. So before we even got to the start-finish line there were cars beside us. I was just trying not to get hit because I thought there was going to be a re-start. I had heard yellow over the radio, but unfortunately it wasn't. I lost quite a few positions there and found myself behind a car (Scott Dixon) that was quicker on the straights. I couldn't get close enough on the straight to get past him. Eventually, I got a really good run on him. I tried a pass in the first corner, but we touched and I spun off course. After a long yellow we went green for the final few laps and I gained back a couple of spots. We clawed our way back all day, but it's obviously not the kind of race we were hoping for today."