CHAMPCAR/CART: Tracy 3rd and Franchitti 18th in practice at Long Beach

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA (April 6, 2001) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy set the third fastest time of the day, while teammate Dario Franchitti was 18th fastest after two practice sessions for this weekend's Long Beach Grand Prix. Tracy, winner of...

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA (April 6, 2001) - Team KOOL Green's Paul Tracy set the third fastest time of the day, while teammate Dario Franchitti was 18th fastest after two practice sessions for this weekend's Long Beach Grand Prix.

Tracy, winner of last year's Long Beach event, turned a lap of 1 minute, 8.375 seconds, an average speed of 103.617 mph around the 1.968-mile seaside circuit. Franchitti's best lap was a 1:09.001 (102.677 mph).

Tony Kanaan set the fastest lap of the day, with a time of 1:07.759 (104.559 mph). The second fastest lap was turned by Oriol Servia, at 1:08.305 (103.723 mph).

On-track action resumes tomorrow morning with a 75-minute practice session, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. The first and only qualifying session is scheduled for Saturday afternoon with the field split into two 30-minute qualifying sessions beginning at 1:45 p.m. (All times are Pacific Daylight Time.)

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(3rd with a lap-time of 1:08.375 / 103.617 mph)

"We've had a lot of problems this weekend. This morning we had some boost problems. We wanted so save the tires this morning so I only did about ten laps. This afternoon, we had an oil leak in the primary car and it was pretty big so we switched to the backup car and had some problems with that. We didn't really get much running in until the last 20 minutes in the session, and we finally put in a good lap at the end. It shows how competitive this series is. I was about 30th quickest until the last lap. [Teammate] Dario [Franchitti] put on a different set of tires, and he went from fourth to 17th. You've just got to make changes at the right time and get a good lap."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(18th with a lap-time of 1:09.001 / 102.677 mph)

"The track grip was very low this morning and the track was changing all the time. We haven't really kept up, we've had some problems with the car. At the moment, the car is 180 degrees from what I want out of it. The Team KOOL Green crew has tried some very different things and none of them are working so we're going to go back to more of what I'm used to for tomorrow."

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Oriol Servia