BOESEL 12TH AND FRANCHITTI 21ST AT CART SPRING TRAINING
HOMESTEAD, Fla., - In preparation for the 1999 FedEx Championship Series, Team KOOL Green drivers Raul Boesel and Dario Franchitti were 12th and 21st respectively on the first day of CART Spring Training at the Miami-Homestead Speedway.
Canadian Patrick Carpentier was the fastest among the 29 cars in the open test session with a lap of 25.375 seconds for an average speed of 213.092 mph. Jimmy Vasser was second-fastest with a time of 25.396 seconds (212.915 mph), while Max Papis was third quick with a trip around the 1.5-mile oval in 25.469 seconds (212.305 mph).
Boesel was behind the wheel of the #26 Team KOOL Green Honda-Reynard in substitution of Paul Tracy. Tracy will miss the season-opener back at Homestead on March 21st due to a suspension handed down by CART officials last season. Getting valuable track time, Boesel's best lap was clocked at 26.422 seconds (204.648 mph).
Meanwhile, Franchitti did not enjoy himself in the #27 KOOL car today, as he struggled with the handling of the car. The best lap he could manage was 26.422 seconds (204.648 mph). He will look to improve when testing continues tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.
DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (21st with a lap-time of 26.422 / 204.648 mph)
"Thank god the day is over. We struggled all day with the balance of the KOOL car. It was inconsistent. One time it would oversteer and the next time it would understeer. Until we get a good balance, we can't work on getting a good race car."
KYLE MOYER, TEAM MANAGER for #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN:
"Dario hasn't been here since the race last year. Milwaukee was his last short oval, which means today wasn't that bad for straight out of the box. But we just never got the car working for him. We started working with last year's setup on the car. But the track is a little bit different, the tires are a little bit different and the car is a little bit different. You add all three and you've got a pretty big difference. It doesn't take much to have a bad day."
RAUL BOESEL, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD/FIRESTONE: (12th with a lap-time of 25.885 / 208.893 mph)
"We worked very hard and had a very productive day. We tried a lot of different things on the KOOL car - some worked, some didn't. But it was a positive day. The team and I got comfortable working together. Tomorrow, we'll just try to fine tune the setup."