CHAMPCAR/CART: Tracy, Franchitti Laguna Seca qualifying notes

MONTEREY, Calif. - On an unseasonably hot day in Northern California, Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti qualified sixth and 23rd respectively for tomorrow's race at Laguna Seca. With the thermometer registering 87 degrees...

MONTEREY, Calif. - On an unseasonably hot day in Northern California, Team KOOL Green drivers Paul Tracy and Dario Franchitti qualified sixth and 23rd respectively for tomorrow's race at Laguna Seca.

With the thermometer registering 87 degrees during this afternoon's qualifying, Tracy earned his sixth-place starting position by averaging 115.964 mph (69.477 seconds) around the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course. Today's qualifying effort marks Tracy's best at Laguna Seca since winning the pole in 1994.

TKG teammate Franchitti wasn't as fortunate. He has been fighting a lack of grip all weekend and his fastest lap in today's 30-minute qualifying session was 113.799 mph (70.905 seconds).

Points leader Gil de Ferran earned his fifth pole of the season today, with a fast lap of 117.453 mph (68.596 seconds).

The 83-lap race starts at 4:00 p.m. (EDT) on Sunday, and will be televised live by ESPN.

PAUL TRACY, #26 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(6th with a lap-average speed of 115.964 mph / 69.477 seconds)
"We've had a pretty good car most of the weekend. We didn't start out that well on Friday morning but we made some changes to the car and kept improving it throughout the weekend. We made the kind of progress here that we've been needing to make all year. It shows that when Team KOOL Green gets the car right, we can be up near the front. Now that we've got a good starting position, we just need to back it up with a good race. It's going to be tough to keep up the pace of the leaders. But we've got a good race car and hopefully we should be able to score some big points tomorrow. It's going to be a hot one. That will make the track slippery, but living in Las Vegas, I'm conditioned for this kind of heat."

DARIO FRANCHITTI, #27 TEAM KOOL GREEN HONDA/REYNARD:
(23rd with a lap-average speed of 113.799 mph / 70.905 seconds)
"The car isn't doing anything right. We've changed everything we can think of and the car still has no grip. I know the track is low on grip from the heat, but our fastest lap of the weekend was in our first session on Friday. No matter what we've tried, we just can't seem to get any grip. The Team KOOL Green engineers and I will sit down and see what we can figure out, but there's something very wrong with the car. It has such horrendous understeer going into the corner and massive oversteer coming out."

-TKG-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti